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Ornellaia New Vintage Debuts in International Markets in May
New vintage debuts in international markets in May
L’Infinito di Ornellaia 2011
This vintage similar to 2001, but even more sophisticated

Bolgheri. Tuscany, 6 May 2014 – The objective is to represent the quality that can totally define the 2011 vintage, a concept that seems simple but is in fact quite difficult to attain: L’Infinito (Infinity), a theme, after all, that has always inspired the world of wine. To last forever is a longing that lies just below the surface of the daily efforts of every winemaker. This year, its role in Ornellaia’s Vendemmia d’Artista project is celebrated in the winery’s 750ml bottles as well. The single limited‐edition Gold label identifies l’Infinito as the ‘character’ of Ornellaia 2011; one Gold‐label bottle is included in each wooden case of six 750ml bottles. Each vintage, unique in personality, inspires internationally renowned artists to interpret the specific ‘character’ for the Vendemmia d’Artista Arts Project. ‐

Michel Rolland, International Winemaker Consultant, said about the vintage 2011 "Bolgheri is today one of the world’s most celebrated winemaking areas. Everybody remembers the fantastic 2001 vintage. Ten years later, 2011 is as amazing as 2001 was. But we are now working better, and 2011 seems to me more sophisticated".

After a significantly delayed 2010 vintage, 2011 was marked by very hot, dry weather, which brought on an earlier than average harvest. A rainy winter was followed by a warmer than normal spring, bringing forward the start of the vine growth cycle by as much as 10 days.

Leonardo Raspini, Ornellaia Managing Director and Agronomist, said “Budbreak was particularly rapid and even, which, as experience shows, is a very hopeful sign of a great vintage. Growth was then slowed by cooler conditions in June and July. Rain came at the right time, after flowering and during veraison, which favoured optimal cluster development. A surge of heat in late August further encouraged the ripening process, bringing the start of harvest forward to the last week in August. Exceptionally, harvesting concluded in the final days of September”.

September’s weather was sunny and rainless with perfect conditions, yielding concentrated grapes with an ideal balance between ripe tannins, crisp acidities, and rich, ripe aromas.

Axel Heinz, Ornellaia Winemaker and Director of Production, said “The sun‐filled, early‐maturing 2011 vintage perfectly expresses the qualities of Ornellaia. The wine appears an intense, youthful ruby red. The nose offers rich fruit that is fully ripe yet at the same time crisp and lively, backgrounded by delicate nuances of balsam and toastiness. On the palate, the powerful concentration immediately impresses, as do the tannins, massive yet silk‐smooth and glossy, which allows the wine to completely fill the mouth but with no feeling of heaviness. The finish, near endless, is deliciously pungent and spicy, with a welcome crispness throughout”.

ORNELLAIA’s philosophy considers the birth of the wines to be the truest expression of their terroir. The grapes for Ornellaia are selected by hand, and picked in the estate's vineyards in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. The varying natures of the estate's terroirs, marine, alluvial and volcanic, are ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc ad Petit Verdot. The Estate extends over 97 hectares along the Tuscan coast, just a short distance from the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri and the famed cypress-lined avenue ‘Viale dei Cipressi’. The constant work of the Ornellaia team and the ideal microclimatic and geological characteristics have brought the wines, in just twenty years -- 1985 was the first vintage of Ornellaia -- great international success. In 2001, the 1998 Ornellaia was declared Wine of the Year by the American journal Wine Spectator. In 2011 the German publication Der Feinschmecker awarded Ornellaia its most sought-after award, the ‘Weinlegende’. Ornellaia has received considerable recognition also in the national and international press, and is consistently ranked among the top estates by the Italian Wine Guides, including Gambero Rosso, Espresso, Veronelli, Duemilavini AIS, and Luca Maroni.
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