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2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Bolgheri Rosso
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2010

($460; 15% alcohol) Dark ruby. Subdued but pure aromas of blackcurrant, coffee and vanilla on the atypically restrained nose. Enters broad and plump, then shows a distinctly restrained sweetness to its blackberry, blueberry and coffee flavors. Finishes ultra-smooth and refined. Though I like this rather politely styled, adult version of Masseto, those who yearn for the explosive aromas and flavors more typically associated with this normally flamboyant wine may be disappointed. I would caution readers to beware of those who score Masseto higher than Ornellaia this year; in '07, as in '02 and '03, Ornellaia is the better wine.

97 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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