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2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Bolgheri Rosso
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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - August 2012

Good full ruby.  Superripe, pure aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, minerals, milk chocolate and exotic spices.  Superconcentrated, rich and seamless, offering explosive sweetness but also great verve, thanks to bright acidity that provides wonderful lift and clarity to the blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors.  Finishes with ultra-suave tannins and a kaleidoscope of violet and Oriental spice flavors.  A very great Masseto from a hot year, when I would have expected the merlot to suffer a bit.  But unlike in 2003, when it wasn't just hot but dry as well, Masseto's unique microclimate allowed the merlot to avoid major stress in 2009.  As good and refined as the Ornellaia is in 2009, I think the Masseto has an extra layer of complexity and depth.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
94+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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