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2003 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Bolgheri Rosso
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2006

($250; 100% merlot) Inky purple-ruby. Very ripe, highly concentrated aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant jam and espresso, with good mineral lift. Creamy yet firm on the palate, with plenty of seductively rich, liqueur-like black fruit flavor. Finishes with a whiplash of mocha and roasted herb flavors, but currently lacks a bit of energy on the moderately long, smooth finish.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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