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Dec 27, 2006 04:29 AM

2003 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia : Ornellaia

I received a bottle of 2003 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia : Ornellaia as a Christmas gift. How long should I cellar this wine before opening?

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  1. Boy you got great stuff!
    Consistently rated 5 grappoli ( out of 5 ) at least since 2000 by the Associazione Italiana Sommelier. "Un neonato da gustare tra molti anni" ( a baby to enjoy for many years ), they said re. the 2001.
    Your choice to enjoy now or wait.
    My take on this issues: life is too short...
    AIS recommends "Su costolette di agnello fritte con tartufo nero e marmellata scura di sambuco, da veri gourmet."
    I can't translate, my knees are shaking right now.

    1. Very young. I'd wait at least 5 years... longer if you can hold out. My experience with recent vintages of Ornellaia, have not opened any '03 yet, have been that they are very tight and shut down right now. However, if you just can't wait, I would decant, then double decant, for AT LEAST 3-4 hours... that will help a lot. If I were going to try one of my '03s for the heck of it, I would probably open it around lunchtime to drink with dinner.

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      1. re: woojink

        Having enjoyed 4 or 5 bottles over the last 3 months I would go with your Double Decant concept around Lunch to make a fine experience for dinner. This wine isn't going to need the aging that the big scorers need. Drink now! Six bottles left!

      2. Ornellaia is a cabernet based wine, there is no sangiovese in that wine. The earlier you open it, the tighter it is. The longer you leave it, the softer it will become. Like any other world class Cabernet, you can lay it donw as long as you like.

        There is a 2nd label called Le Serre Nuove, which sells for about $40.00 per bottle. This is the vines that are too young to go into Ornellaia or left over juice, not quite up to Ornellaia par, but it is made by the same winemaker. Pick up a bottle and try it. If it it too tight for you, then wait on the Ornellaia.

        My husband and I had the 1999 Le Serre Nuove two nights ago, and it was AMAZING!

        there is a third label, called Le Volte. Le Volte is the less expensive wine and has Sangiovese in it. It is made to be drunk young and does not age really well.

        Hope this has helped you.

        2 Replies
        1. re: chickstein

          How's your experience of Le Serre Nuove in other vintages?

          1. re: vision20

            I love that wine. I have never been disappointed by it. They have only been making it for about 5 vintages, if that many.

        2. Wine Spectator's recommendation is best after 2009