1994 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto

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The 1994 Masseto is not a wine I have had often, but it is so compelling tonight. The aromatics alone are totally beguiling. A whole range of floral, savory and spice notes are woven throughout a core of red-toned fruit. Delicate and nuanced, the 1994 is utterly beguiling. I absolutely loved it. Readers who own it should be thrilled. The growing season was marked by an early flowering but normal harvest time, which means the cycle was on the longer side. Maybe that explains why the 1994 is such a complete and alluring wine.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
I like this a little more than the 1993 now. It's a little lean, illustrating the rains during the harvest in 1994, but it shows a pretty berry and blackberry character with just the right amount of tobacco. It's refined and beautifully textured with a delicious finish. Drink now.

James Suckling | 91 JS
The rich 1994 Masseto is a Merlot-dominated cuvee with lavish quantities of spicy new oak. In addition to the obvious pain grille notes, the Masseto exhibits less evolution than the 1995 Ornellaia. This full-bodied, spicy, rich wine cuts a broad swath on the palate. It requires another 12-18 months of bottle age, after which it should continue to improve for a decade. It will last for 15 or more years.

The "other" Antinori continues to turn out stunning wines from this small estate in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. The omnipresent Michel Rolland is the consultant, and that is evident in the rich texture, and ripe, concentrated style of this wine.

Robert Parker | 91 RP
A mix of herbaceous bell pepper, herbs, cedar, tobacco and sweet berry fruit, this shows vigor and freshness, with focus on the lingering finish. Merlot.—Non-blind Masseto vertical (October 2017). Drink now through 2029.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS

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Vintage 1994
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Antinori
Rating 95 VM
Region Tuscany: Italian culture worships the concept of a shared meal, and their wines scream for a chance to be uncorked with your friends and family. The region's Mediterranean climate and hilly landscape combine to create a beautiful viticultural environment, where every chosen grape is brought to its full potential and transmuted into drinks worthy of gods. The vineyards are planted along the higher reaches of the hill slopes, creating a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape. Once your lips kiss the wine, you're sent spiraling down a veritable whirlpool of pure flavor, touching upon notes of sensuous cherry, nuts, floral hints and undertones of honey and minerals. The wines can be as sweet as a fresh summer romance, and carry an air of dignity and elegance about them that can stimulate your intellect for months as you contemplate the seemingly infinite intricacies and details in the texture. Tuscany is an important part of Italian viticulture, and sampling their wines is the closest you can get to visiting this heavenly region and experiencing the culture.
Type of Wine Super Tuscans/IGT
Varietal Merlot: Merlot, the only grape varietal in Bordeaux that can compete with Cabernet Sauvignon when it comes to influence and the amount planted each year. Taking its name from the French word for a blackbird, Merlot is a versatile wine when it comes to social scenarios and food pairings. This versatility also earns it a spot in various blended wines, further solidifying Merlot as a staple in French winemaking.
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