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    25
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Pressed guinea fowl with young vegetables

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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.

The Ornellaia vineyard totals 280 acres that are divided into more than 70 vineyard plots according to soil type, exposition and varietal. There are three major soil types: marine (sedimentary deposit from the sea), alluvial (marly, sandy clays with mineral veins), and volcanic (schist, gravel and porous soils). All the vineyards are about 3 miles from the Mediterranean shore. The mild maritime climate features sea breezes that keep the sky clear, low rainfall, and long summers that favor the development of aromatic compounds.
Vineyards are planted at high density, from 5,000-8,700 hl/ha, and feature several training systems – spur-pruned cordon, single Guyot, and head-pruned vines.

The clusters are hand-picked into 15-kg boxes and then go through a selection by hand on a double sorting table, both before and after destemming, and grapes are finally softly crushed. Each grape variety and single vineyard block is vinified separately. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for two weeks, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation takes place mainly in oak barrels, 70% new and 30% once-used. The wine then remains in barriques, in Ornellaia’s temperature- controlled cellars, for about 18 months. After the first 12 months of maturation, the wine is assembled and then returned to the barriques for an additional 6 months. After bottling, the wine ages a further 12 months prior to release.

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The weather of the 2004 growing season could be described as textbook-perfect. Winter saw adequate rainfall, without excessive temperatures, and a sunny Spring was punctuated by brief showers. Budbreak took place between 30 March and 10 April. Flowering revealed a high fertility of the buds, ( resulting from the warm conditions of the previous year). The potentially high yield was kept within desired quality limits by repeated and severe bunch-thinning.

 

Early summer was mild with moderate temperatures followed by a hot, sunny August. These conditions were ideal in favouring a steady,  physiological development of all the grape varieties. During the harvest period no rain interrupted the ripening, thus providing sufficient time to determine the perfect date for the harvest of each single vineyard block. The first Merlot grapes, sourced from the youngest vineyards, were harvested on 2 September , but the majority reached full ripeness between 15-25 September, directly followed by the Cabernet Franc. Harvesting of  the Cabernet Sauvignon commenced on 25 September, and  was concluded in the first week of October.

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“2004 can be considered as one of the major expressions of Ornellaia and represents an excellent example of a classic vintage in Bolgheri. The ideal conditions during the growing season lead to a perfect combination of ripeness, flavour complexity and finesse. The velvety opulence of the Merlot is balanced out by the racy and elegant tannic structure of  the Cabernets, which are further amplified by the small addition of Petit Verdot.”

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Origin

Bolgheri, Tuscany

Vintage Quality

Excellent

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