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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 1998 was the Wine of the Year in 2001

A cool and sleek Tuscan red, with tarragon and fresh sage aromas, blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully silky palate of fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very sophisticated and reserved. Best after 2004. 13,330 cases made. —JS

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The Story

Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore DOC is the estate's flagship wine which embodies the quality philosophy of the estate.

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's production hilosophy is based upon the belief that wines must be the most faithful expression of the terroirs that produce them. The mild marine climate and the colours and aromas of the lush Mediterranean vegetation leave a special imprint upon the character of the wines. A respect for the estate's unique territory guides all aspects of production: limited quantities to ensure maximum quality, attention to every detail, selective hand harvesting, microvinification and ageing.

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Vintage 1998

“One of the hallmarks of wine, like people, is its originality, and each growing year exhibits a personality that renders a wine from that year truly unique. Within the overall Ornellaia style, we take much effort in identifying, highlighting, and consolidating in the wine the distinctive qualities of each vintage,” says Axel Heinz, winemaker and Director of production of ORNELLAIA.

ORNELLAIA’s philosophy considers the birth of the wines to be the truest expression of their terroir. The grapes for Ornellaia are selected by hand, and picked in the estate's vineyards in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. The varying natures of the estate's terroirs, marine, alluvial and volcanic, are ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc ad Petit Verdot. The Estate extends over 97 hectares along the Tuscan coast, just a short distance from the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri and the famed cypress-lined avenue ‘Viale dei Cipressi’. The constant work of the team and the ideal microclimatic and geological characteristics have led the wines, in just twenty years. -- 1985 was the first vintage of Ornellaia -- to enjoy great international success. In 2001 the 1998 Ornellaia was declared Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. In 2011 the German ‘Der Feinschmecker’ assigned Ornellaia its most sought-after award, the ‘Weinlegende’.
Ornellaia has received considerable recognition also in the national press, and is consistently ranked among the top estates by the Italian Wine Guides, including Gambero Rosso, Espresso, Veronelli, Duemilavini AIS, and Luca Maroni.

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This one was a modern left turn with rich vanilla, cream and black fruits, and a touch of yeast and natural gas. There was a distinctive cardboard edge, which is usually a negative, but strangely enough in this case it was a positive, so I adjusted my descriptor to be Christmas day cardboard. There were nice dusty flavors (desert action) to its meaty palate with black fruits, leather and earth. However, this was definitely a wine that was more winemaking than terroir. Blair picked up on .

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1998 Ornellaia Youthful but complex nose that gives you liqueur like cherry, dark plum and creme de cassis and layers of spices, tobacco, chocolate and coffee. Excellent nose Full bodied with very smooth, sweet, sexy fruit that's very liqueuresque with cassis, plums, dark cherries, tobacco, coffee and sweet chocolate. Despite its sweetness of fruit the wines manages to stay balanced with its persistent but smooth tannins which extends into the very long finish. Top Ornellaia! 94p Drink now-2025
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Origin

Bolgheri, Tuscany

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

No Potential

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Ornellaia 1998  ( Ornellaia )

This one was a modern left turn with rich vanilla, cream and black fruits, and a touch of yeast and natural gas. There was a distinctive cardboard edge, which is usually a negative, but strangely enough in this case it was a positive, so I adjusted my descriptor to be Christmas day cardboard. There were nice dusty flavors (desert action) to its meaty palate with black fruits, leather and earth. However, this was definitely a wine that was more winemaking than terroir. Blair picked up on .

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 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Ornellaia 1998  ( Ornellaia )

"1998 Ornellaia

Youthful but complex nose that gives you liqueur like cherry, dark plum and creme de cassis and layers of spices, tobacco, chocolate and coffee. Excellent nose

Full bodied with very smooth, sweet, sexy fruit that's very liqueuresque with cassis, plums, dark cherries, tobacco, coffee and sweet chocolate. Despite its sweetness of fruit the wines manages to stay balanced with its persistent but smooth tannins which extends into the very long finish.
Top Ornellaia!
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Drink now-2025"

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