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Ornellaia Toscana Bianco IGT 2018

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14.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WA 94
  • DEC 95
  • JD 94
  • JS 96
  • VIN 93
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    Ornellaia Bianco is Italy’s most ambitious white wine. It is a result of the Estate’s desire to translate the exceptional properties of its terroir not only into red wines, but also into this magnificent white.
    2018 was the longest Sauvignon Blanc harvest in the history of Ornellaia. Picking started shortly after mid-August and ended on September 12th when the last bunches of Sauvignon Blanc were brought into the cellar. With its intense straw-yellow color, this wine is characterized by aromas of exotic fruit accompanied by mild hints of finely roasted vanilla. On the palate it shows rich, dense with sweet fruit, perfectly balanced by a savory tanginess.

    9 reviews for Ornellaia Toscana Bianco IGT 2018

    1. Lauren Wallace

      Good nose, it’s understated but projects class. Patisserie, lemon, complex phenolic notes; cool and fresh entry. A little texture and interest from the Viognier. Very subtle, an expensive white though, I’d probably choose a Pessac over this and save a lot of money!

    2. Evelina Snowden

      Tuesday Night Double Blind $50+ (Bin 75 Alpharetta, GA): Paler straw yellow; green pyrazines, lemon grass, verbena, white melon, pomelo, oolong tea, white flower, structured, young and powerful, not lifted but aromatic, interesting; most in Bordeaux Blanc.

    3. Earnest Morse

      Gooseberries, cherimoya, pineapple, lemon creme, toasted coconut, jalapeno, and nettle. Medium to borderline plus bodied on the palate with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit. Zesty with a slightly spicy and chalky finish. Reminds me of a more modern Bordeaux blanc, such as Pape Clement. Value is in the eye of the beholder, but I think it is solid wine (93+?).

    4. Kristin Nipper

      Moderately enjoyable but not as good as a good bordeaux Blanc and overall a bit austere and intense – not a great combination.

    5. WA

      The 2018 Ornellaia Bianco is mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a complementary 15% addition of Viognier for added structure and textural support. This vintage shows the usual understated or slightly reserved character that we’ve seen in past editions. With a little prodding and swirling, the bouquet opens gradually to reveal a pretty assortment of d’Anjou pear, white peach, honeysuckle and toasted almond. The wine is fermented in oak, but malolactic fermentation does not occur. There are pretty dustings of saffron and crushed stone that hint at the evolution and elegance to come with extra time in the bottle.

    6. DEC

      Drenched in white flowers on the aromatics and from the first sip you are hooked. Still young at four years old but already juicy and full of just the right amount of tension. Graphite, slate, nectarine pit and concentrated Sicilian lemons. I have a few unforgettable whites, from Remelluri Blanco to Penfolds Yattarna to Bonneau de Martray Corton-Charlemagne to Pavillon Blanc, and this is right up there. Not many producers or vineyard sites can make Sauvignon Blanc (helped out by Viognier) taste this good. 30% new oak, longest white harvest in history of Ornellaia.

    7. JD

      Also heavily Sauvignon-dominated, the 2018 Ornellaia Bianco is 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Viognier. It’s definitely a richer, almost full-bodied white yet it leads with Sauvignon on the nose, with bright citrus, honeyed minerality, and white flower notes, with just a touch of Viognier white peach emerging with time in the glass. Beautiful on the palate as well, with a hint of green almond, it has a round, layered mouthfeel, brilliant balance, and a great finish. I suspect the acidity is relatively moderate (I wouldn’t say low), but it’s one of those wines that brings richness while holding onto a terrific sense of freshness and vibrancy. Geared for gastronomy.[..] I love the texture Viognier gives the wine.

    8. JS

      Dried apple, lemon, lime and lemon curd on the nose with hints of cedar. Medium-to full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a fresh, vivid finish. The vanilla cream and sliced fruit are so enticing. Just a hint of wood character at the end. Needs time to come together.

    9. VIN

      The 2018 Ornellaia Bianco is a powerful, dense wine. Orchard fruit, chamomile, saline notes and dried flowers open in the glass, but only with great reluctance. A rich white, the 2018 Bianco possesses tremendous weight, but it is also very much closed in on itself. I am intrigued to see how the 2018 ages.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WA 94
    Wine Advocate
    The 2018 Ornellaia Bianco is mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a complementary 15% addition of Viognier for added structure and textural support. This vintage shows the usual understated or slightly reserved character that we've seen in past editions. With a little prodding and swirling, the bouquet opens gradually to reveal a pretty assortment of d'Anjou pear, white peach, honeysuckle and toasted almond. The wine is fermented in oak, but malolactic fermentation does not occur. There are pretty dustings of saffron and crushed stone that hint at the evolution and elegance to come with extra time in the bottle.
    DEC 95
    Decanter
    Drenched in white flowers on the aromatics and from the first sip you are hooked. Still young at four years old but already juicy and full of just the right amount of tension. Graphite, slate, nectarine pit and concentrated Sicilian lemons. I have a few unforgettable whites, from Remelluri Blanco to Penfolds Yattarna to Bonneau de Martray Corton-Charlemagne to Pavillon Blanc, and this is right up there. Not many producers or vineyard sites can make Sauvignon Blanc (helped out by Viognier) taste this good. 30% new oak, longest white harvest in history of Ornellaia.
    JD 94
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Also heavily Sauvignon-dominated, the 2018 Ornellaia Bianco is 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Viognier. It's definitely a richer, almost full-bodied white yet it leads with Sauvignon on the nose, with bright citrus, honeyed minerality, and white flower notes, with just a touch of Viognier white peach emerging with time in the glass. Beautiful on the palate as well, with a hint of green almond, it has a round, layered mouthfeel, brilliant balance, and a great finish. I suspect the acidity is relatively moderate (I wouldn't say low), but it's one of those wines that brings richness while holding onto a terrific sense of freshness and vibrancy. Geared for gastronomy.[..] I love the texture Viognier gives the wine.
    JS 96
    James Suckling
    Dried apple, lemon, lime and lemon curd on the nose with hints of cedar. Medium-to full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a fresh, vivid finish. The vanilla cream and sliced fruit are so enticing. Just a hint of wood character at the end. Needs time to come together.
    VIN 93
    Vinous
    The 2018 Ornellaia Bianco is a powerful, dense wine. Orchard fruit, chamomile, saline notes and dried flowers open in the glass, but only with great reluctance. A rich white, the 2018 Bianco possesses tremendous weight, but it is also very much closed in on itself. I am intrigued to see how the 2018 ages.

    What does Ornellaia Toscana Bianco IGT 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    mushroom, smoke, minerals

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry cola, bing cherry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, butter

    apple, green apple, pear

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, cassis

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, cinnamon, white pepper

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, lemon zest

    cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    grass, tomato leaf, gooseberry

    fig, dried apricot, dragon fruit

    tropical, pineapple, mango

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    perfume, jasmine, elderflower

    Food Pairing with Ornellaia Toscana Bianco IGT 2018

    Our wine experts think this Tropical and Balanced Ornellaia Toscana Bianco IGT 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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