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VIDEO 034. MASSETO 2009 BARREL TASTING

October 17. 2011

Bolgheri, a picturesque town in the Italian province of Livorno, is home to one of the best wineries in the country: Ornellaia. Ornellaia is one of the wineries of Italy, located in the immediate vicinity of the Tyrrhenian coast. Bolgheri is more precisely a hamlet of the small town of Castagneto Carducci, located in the heart of the nature reserve Oasi di Bolgheri, which is bordered by beautiful sandy beaches, cypresses and dense pine forests. The vineyards of the Ornellaia winery, founded in 1981, cover around 62 hectares. The vineyards, which merge with cypresses and pines, form an unmistakable landscape, which fascinated even the former poet Giosué Carducci. Marchese Lodovico Antinori founded the winery in 1981 by planting the first vines and opening a winery, which was put into operation in 1985. After the founding, it took only seven years until the winery was able to introduce the first vintage, which conquered the market in 1988. Since 1991, Antinori has been working with oenologist Michel Rolland, who has been steadily improving existing manufacturing methods.

The top wine from Ornellaia, the Merlot based Masseto in his probably best year. Meanwhile, this wine has gained a veritable cult status and the often tried comparison with Château Petrus from the Pomerol lags only in one, the price. The Masseto is still downright cheap against his Bordelaiser Merlot brother.

Since 2005, the chief enologist of Ornellaia Axel Heinz has ensured that the big star in the Italian wine world sparkles brighter and brighter year after year.

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Masseto 2009. Tenuta dell Ornellaia

Country: Italy
Wine region: Tuscany
Cru: Masseto
Vintage: 2009
Classification: I.G.T. Toscana
Variety: Merlot

TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA
MASSETO

In comparison with the barrel tasting from 2011, this Masseto is more reductive. But that, what is recognizable indicates its great potential. Only a few wines can offer this partisan style of releasing in minute cycle a bunch of amazing aromas like ripe and dark plums, cherries, cassis and some irresistible shades of macchia á la rosemary and thyme. Eucalyptus and a fine-tuned roasting aroma. Soft and juicy on the palate with ripe fruit impressions. Extremely vibrant and balanced acidity with tight tannins. Explosive and peppered finish. Grande! Drink from 2022 through 2040+.

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Masseto is a single vineyard (7 ha) wine and one of the most sought after Italian red wines. Dark purplered-hued colored and exhibits incredible aromas of dark fruit like plums, cassis, cherries, spices, and minerals. Explosive with a marvellous expression. Soft and juicy. The acidity is absolutely focused and vibrant. Full-bodied with Maserati-like tannins. Dense to the core and shows elegance and finesse. The finish is spectacular and extremely complex. Best from 2022 through 2040+.

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