Ornellaia Masseto 2016 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Ornellaia Masseto 2016

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Ornellaia Masseto 2016 750ml
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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia believes in the terroir of the soil which translates into special flavors and complexities in its wines. The Masseto vineyard, for example, has three different soils, including a unique clay which is ideal for growing Merlot. On the Tuscan coast, in a land that beheld the splendor of the Etruscans, you will find Bolgheri, home of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. From the low hilly landscape, topped with cypresses and the heavy scented perfumes of the Mediterranean, to the resting spots of migratory birds and the dense woodlands that slope gently to the sea, this landscape provides varying soils and micro-climates perfect for making extraordinary wine. Masseto is a rare and exclusive Cru, made entirely from Merlot grapes grown on the 7 ha vineyard bearing the same name. Its first vintage was 1986, and it has gained a reputation as one of the world's most sought after wines. Masseto has an exotic nose with big ripe black fruits and minerals. On the palate it's powerful, rich, and opulent, with big, sweet, polished tannins and a super long finish.
Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Tuscany
Brand Ornellaia
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James Suckling This is so solid and powerful with incredible vertical dense that goes down and down on the palate. Compacted and thick with caressing and polished tannins that are powerful yet refined. Super concentration yet agile and energetic. This is a wine that needs time to come together and resolve all of its amazing components. Reminds me of the legendary 2001. Try after 2023.

June 2019
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Wine AdvocateMasseto has pulled off back-to-back home runs. This is the first time that an Italian wine has earned 100 points in successive vintages. The 2016 Masseto is a thunderstorm of emotions, but it manages to keep them under perfect control. Like the 2015 Masseto before it, this vintage is a seamless wine of the highest pedigree. It represents an encore performance, continuing the string of successes that is bringing Italy to the forefront of the wine world. The first thing you'll notice is the thickness and concentration of the fruit that makes an immediate impact on all the senses, in terms of appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. There is no overstating the sheer power and richness of this iconic vintage of Italy's groundbreaking Merlot. Despite that considerable mass, this Masseto remains delicate and graceful. You gain better perspective as the wine opens in the glass and reveals deeper layers that were not immediately apparent on first nose: dark fruit, spice, sweet tobacco and black cherry. There is great tightness and laser focus to the fruit. I tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages together for comparison when I scored this wine, and then I tasted this 2016 edition alone about a month later to confirm my impressions. These vintages are identical twins, two perfect wines.

Monica Larner