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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Ornellaia Bianco
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17¼/20

Ornellaia Bianco 2016

Bolgheri, Tuscany, ItalyOenologist and estate director Axel Heinz considered the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons just about perfect in Bolgheri although if he had to choose one, I get the impression it would be the slightly tighter, and racier 2016 that would rank first. Winemaker Olga Fusari says, “Although typically dry and sunny, 2016 has benefitted from beautiful conditions for the ripening, particularly cool nights, favourable to the aromatic expression and acidity, while the absence of summer rain has led to rich and concentrated grapes.” The bianco colour is typically golden that spills into the structure and extends the length of this wine. Again, its saline notes intermixed with lees, acid and subtle oak create a wine of substance even if it is only in its formative years. We love the dance of richness and tension of the acidity pulling the juicy, exotic, guava fruit along a persistent and lengthy linear route. It’s all sauvignon blanc harvested in the last week of August. The best yet form this new label.Tasted: 18 April 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: CDN 240.00 estimated retail Oct 2019 CDN 577.00 1500 estimated retail Oct 2019 Producer: Tenuta dell'OrnellaiaDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc