Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia's flagship wine, was first produced with vintage 1985, from an extremely careful selection of the vineyards grown on the Estate. Produced in limited quantities, hand-crafted and vinified with the utmost care and attention to detail, Ornellaia has constantly received top ratings from the most influential opinion leaders around the world. Vintage 2005 marked the 20th anniversary of Ornellaia which was celebrated with numerous events all over the globe and with the creation of special anniversary large size bottles.
Longtime fans of this wine as well as big-name bounty hunters should be happy enough with the '96 version, if their expectations aren't too high. It's full of expressive black-currant, smoke and earth notes. Plenty of chocolate and delicious red fruit flows onto the smooth palate and moderately long finish. It fades away gracefully. Maybe a step down from the '95, but still very, very sound.