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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
2002’s weather report can be neatly divided into two halves: before and after the 10th of August, including the harvest. The early part of the vines’ vegetative cycle was precocious and positive, with normal flower and fruit setting despite the alternating spells of hot and cold weather. From 10th August there were abundant rains. The harvest began the 14th September, and ended on 10th October, amidst good days and bad. Due to this weather pattern it was necessary to carry out a severe selection. In the winery, a further selection process was installed: a second sorting table was added after the destemmer in order to remove any damaged grapes and to ensure that only perfectly healthy grapes went to the presses.