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First taste: Ornellaia 2021

Ornellaia 2021 is ‘superbly fresh,’ according to Decanter's regional editor for Italy, James Button. But is it worth buying? Read his report and tasting note below.

Producers in Bolgheri are visibly excited about their upcoming 2021 releases. Despite a three-month drought during the hot summer, rainfalls the previous winter and spring ensured that vines could access water reserves, avoiding any water stress. The resulting wines are nicely concentrated but – more importantly – very well balanced with beautiful freshness apparent.

Scroll down the see the tasting note and score for Ornellaia 2021

The team at Ornellaia has responded to the increasingly warm and dry growing seasons, reducing the earlier ripening Merlot component in 2021 to 25% (down from 32% in 2020) while Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot have all increased a couple of percent or so to compensate.

Ornellaia 2021 appears superbly fresh; less sturdy and muscular than in the past. This is not only a product of the vintage, but also the result of an ongoing shift towards a more elegant stylistic expression.

Tasting Ornellaia 2021:

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