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This is the true ‘second vin’ of Ornellaia. Born in 1997, in a 5-star vintage, following the decision to make an even further selection during the blending of the base wines that lead to Ornellaia. Produced primarily from the younger vineyards, with the same imprint as the estate's flagship wine, it combines freshness, accessibility, and softness with the structure, balance and intensity typical of the great terroir of the Estate.
Climate and Harvest
Winter 2001 was characterised by mild temperatures and a higher than average rainfall. Budding was earlier than average and occurred during the last days of March and beginning April. Spring saw moderate temperatures and above average rainfall. Flowering started halfway through May with the Merlot and finished at the end of the month with the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Summer 2001 growing season was within the norm with average temperatures and only a small amount of seasonal rainfall. The fine conditions enabled the grapes to develop uniformly. Early July the grapes were thinned; Merlot (about 30%,) followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (about 10%), to ensure that the remaining grapes ripened under the optimal conditions. The weather continued fine throughout the harvest period with warm sunny days and cool nights. Harvesting of the Merlot started in the younger vineyards in the first few days of September. An interruption was then made for about a week while tannins ripened to optimal levels in the more mature vineyards, and continued until the middle of September. The harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon started in the third week of September and was concluded on the 5th of October.