2016 ornellaia, bianco, toscana
Why We're Buying
Ornellaia is the heart and soul of Italian wine. It consistently places on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list and ranks among the region's highest-priced wines. With an elegant bouquet of fruit aromas and a crisp finish, it's easy to see why this blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier appreciated 19.2% from 2017 to 2021.
Ornellaia’s Sauvignon harvest took place in the last week of August in 2016. The wine is restrained, with cedar, wild fennel flowers and saffron on the nose, smooth-flowing and gently wooded on the palate,with iodine notes and a lemony, elegant finish. Will last decades due to its perfect balance, great concentration, extremely fresh fruit flavours and high integrated acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Ornellaia Bianco is a beguiling wine, even a bit deceptive when you get down to facts. This is indeed the central part of its irresistible charm. For one, this edition is a mono-variety wine made solely with Sauvignon Blanc. (The other protagonist of the blend, Viognier, is said to return in 2017.) However, the complexity of the bouquet could mistakenly make you think the blend is more intricate. You get white rose, crisp apple, saffron, toasted pine nut, cinnamon and wild sage. The aromas show brilliant detailing. In addition, the wine is expansive and creamy in terms of mouthfeel. However, none of the whites at Ornellaia—including this wine—undergo malolactic fermentation, though the creamy and richly textured mouthfeel might lead you to conclude otherwise. This classic vintage is especially generous and rich. The wine does see barrique aging, but only a third of the wood is new. Those spicy endnotes serve to frame the beautiful fruit that sits squarely at center stage.
The star of the show with regard to the whites is unquestionably the 2016 Ornellaia Bianco. It's reminiscent of a great vintage of Domaine de Chevalier with its incredible purity, precision, and length, displaying notes of clean citrus, melon, white flowers, and honeyed minerality. Fresh and vibrant as well as rich and powerful, it's medium-bodied, seamless, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, with a thrilling finish. While it's beautiful today, it should keep for 10-15 years or more. The 2016 is 100% Sauvignon Blanc that was brought up in 30% new French oak.
This is a fantastic white. The greatest Ornellaia white so far. Very complex and dense yet, at the same time, energetic and vivid. This shows so much richness and density with a pretty, phenolic texture that keeps you entranced. Full-bodied with lots of honeysuckle, green-melon and cooked-apple character. Very long and flavorful. Dynamic and great wine. Drinkable now, but better in 2021.