WINE LEGEND: ORNELLAIA 1995

« The faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature » 

Ornellaia 1995 is an exceptional wine from Ornellaia winery located in Bolgheri, a wine region known mainly for deeply colored, supple yet age-worthy red wines.

The vineyards lie hidden in the foothills, from 50 to 120 meters above sea level facing the Mediterranean coast. The cool maritime breeze regulates the exceptional estate and its surrounding olive groves throughout the summer months. During the winter the hills protect the vines from the cold northern winds.

The 76 hectares of the estate contain dozens of different parcels with its own unique characteristics. The soils are diversified: marine, alluvial and volcanic. This richness of the soil, combined with the maritime climate, creates an ideal environment for growing grapes. Vintage 1995 is a legendary bottle. The climate was characterized by a late spring, which caused a slightly later flowering. This vintage is a complex blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

Excellence is the obsession of Ornellaia from the vine growing to the winemaking. The fruit was collected entirely by hand and the fermentation is split into two steps. Firstly, in French oak barrels then, in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After crushing, approximately 40% of the wine was transferred into new barriques where malolactic fermentation took place.

In the end, it results in a super Tuscan wine with a brick red core and tawny towards the rim. Leaves, leather, earth and cassis notes are disclosed. This medium-bodied wine is mature, with very fine tannins and long length. Good acids that suggest they may outlive the fruit. A pleasure to drink for mature wine lovers!

Amsterdam, July 30th 2019