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    Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2008
    Merlot - Tuscany, Italy

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    • RP97
    • WS93
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    Professional Ratings: 97 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Spectator

    Region: Tuscany, Italy

    Varietal: Merlot

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 113073

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2001 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2004

    Masseto 2008 is the expression of a warm vintage, most of it having been harvested in the first half of September. With great concentration, its color is particularly deep and young. The nose is characterized by rich and fully ripe fruit yet without any traces of over ripeness, focused and intense with spicy and mineral notes. On the palate the wine is remarkably dense, concentrated and opulent, with a very pure expression of fruit. The tannins are present and firm giving the wine focus and precision to balance the wine's opulent richness. It is undoubtedly one of the great expressions of Masseto with a great ageing potential.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2008 Masseto is another huge wine. It boasts tons of energy in a tense, inward style I can only describe as implosive, as if the wine is holding back all of its energy. A deep core of black fruit, grilled herbs, licorice and new leather emerges from time to time, but the tannins are still imposing. There is no shortage of pedigree. I fully expect the 2008 to develop into one of the great Massetos. Needless to say, it will be interesting to taste the 2008 in vertical tastings in the future. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.
    Rating: 97+

    97 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    A dark, extracted red, offering plenty of juicy plum, blackberry and violet notes framed by vanilla and toast. Squarely in the modern camp, yet this works. The tannins are slightly gritty now, but should mesh with time. Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2024. 400 cases imported.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator
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