Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto IGT 2018


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Tuscany, Italy
98 points




Winemaking at Masseto is at the same time an adventure and a continuous discovery. A place where intuition prevails, where no one could be sure that the fragile Merlot could succeed, even if the presence of blue clay from the Pliocene gave a hint. Making Masseto is a balancing act, one feels like a tightrope dancer always on the edge of a precipice. The clayish soils in themselves represent all the contradictions: A capacity to store great amounts of water and to release it very gently. A soil that is cold and wet in a rainy year but gets hard as a rock during a dry summer, creates a shear physical barrier to the roots that struggle to go deep down into the subsoil. A soil in which, with a low planting density, a level of vigour is achieved that would normally be expected from a high-density vineyard. The vines of Masseto seem to be continuously struggling with the elements, frequently at the limit of collapse but somehow always able to resist and develop the fruit of incredible concentration and flavour. A rare combination of lush ripeness and lavish concentration which somehow manages to preserve its complexity and freshness. Each individual vintage expresses its unmistakable Masseto character, but with a slightly different interpretation - just as a masterpiece of music will sound differently according to the artist who plays it.


98 - 98 points

This is extremely perfumed with flowers, cherries, and blackberries, as well as hints of lavender. It’s full-bodied, yet so refined, linear, and racy. Pure silk. The texture is ever so polished. Succulent and subtle fruit at the end. New wood showing now. A sophisticated Masseto that shows balance and harmony. Builds with tannins at the finish. Needs time to come completely together.


Serving Temp.
14-18 °C
Cellar until
2025 - 2035
Food pairing
Lasagne made with slow cooked brisket

Tasting Profile

Masseto 2018 is a wine that perfectly respects its unique terroir and vintage. Dark in colour, with an expressive nose of perfectly ripe cherries, plums, and spicy new oak. The palate is broad and rich as one would expect from Masseto, but shows a refined and silky texture that is so typical of 2018. The finish shows great length with a touch of refreshing tannic grip. A particularly elegant version of Masseto that combines richness and elegance.

Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto IGT 2018

Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto IGT 2018

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