The Ornellaia Masseto has developed beautifully in recent years with regard to the evolution of oak and bottle aging. This is a very distinctive edition of the Italian Merlot that makes for a silky smooth and streamlined wine. The Masseto is a (cult) wine of great class! The taste is full, elegant, lots of red fruit, perfect tannins and a finish of perfect length. In the nose aromas of red fruit, such as plums, jam and hints of chocolate. This wine is ready to drink now, but will continue to develop in quality in the bottle in the coming years. A wine of great class! The taste is full, elegant, lots of red fruit, perfect tannins and a finish of perfect length. In the nose aromas of red fruit, such as plums, jam and hints of chocolate.
This 2019 Masseto opens a new chapter for one of Italy's most celebrated wines. The first vintage made entirely in its dedicated, state-of-the-art winery (and the first vintage with 10% Cabernet Franc added to what has traditionally been a pure expression of Merlot), the 2019 Masseto Masseto has two main themes at its heart: concentration and elegance. And managing those two seemingly contrasting elements takes a bit of magic. That's the Masseto magic we're looking for. The 2019 vintage delivers it with wonderfully concentrated fruit, blackberries, integrated spices, tobacco, crushed slate, pencil shavings and plenty of texture for a lasting mouthfeel. Dark fruit and ripe blackberries slowly flow into spices, leather, chocolate and sweet tobacco. The wine shows generous extraction and concentration; however, it remains light and lifted throughout and so insanely balanced.
The 2019 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto has received 98/100 points from the Wine Advocate (Parker) and 99/100 James Suckling.
GOOD FACT: The Ornellaia Masseto is also a wine that is only distributed via the Place du Bordeaux where we as Grand Cru wines can buy directly. Be very wary of fake bottles of which there are many more on the market than the official Masseto so always buy this iconic wine from an official wine merchant. In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this fine wine. We will automatically send it to you when you order this wine. The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you come to pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount. We are almost next to the national road with plenty of parking space. Click here for address.
Lodovico Antinori already had a head start at birth. The Antinoris have been among the Florentine merchant nobility for centuries and already joined the wine buyers' guild in 1385. Since then, there has always been one member of the family in the wine trade. The family estates in Tuscany were greatly expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries and the family gained a lot of experience in the winery. At the beginning of this century, she founded an influential trading company. Marquis Lodovico worked for a while in the family business, but decided to go his own way in the early 1980s. He created an extensive vineyard on Tenuta dell'Ornelllaia, a family estate in Bolgheri on the Mediterranean, 96 km from Florence.
This part of the Maremma not only has a beautiful wild nature, but is also a fertile agricultural area, a region with great potential for wine production. Lodovico's uncle, Marquis Incisa della Rochetta, had already drawn Bolgheri's attention to the wine world with his pioneering work on Tenuta San Guido and with his Sassiciaia, now regarded as one of the world's greatest red wines.
Lodovico Antinori followed in his uncle's footsteps in nearby Ornellaia, although he makes a completely different type of wine. He learned from a number of international wine authorities that the character of the Bolgheri soil resembled that of St.-Émilion and Pomerol in Bordeaux was ideal for the production of quality wine. The special feature of the Ornellaia vineyard - for Italian standards - is the high percentage of merlot. The assembly for Antinori's top wine, the red Ornellaia, contains 40% merlot. However, this grape comes into its own best at the vigna veccia (old vines) of the winery. Since 1987, this plot has supplied the raw material for a 100% Merlot cuvée called the Masseto. The grapes for this wine have been picked under a sunny September sky. After the long fermentation of 18-20 days, the wine is naturally transferred to tanks. After which a maturing process in new Barriques. The result is a wine with structure, very pure fruit and a beautiful balance.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Tenuta dell Ornellaia|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||99|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe|