Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Poggio alle Gazze 2017

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

Toscana IGT

Pale straw in color, it has nose of the ocean, limestone, lemon, flint and a touch of grass. Very smooth and balanced palate of minerals, spice and a touch of lemon with perfect acidity. A great example of a non-native variety being grown in excellent soil in Tuscany.

“The 2011 vintage demonstrates how the Bolgheri growing area is able to combine - even for white wines - complete ripeness with freshness and elegance. 2011 also marked the first harvest for Viognier; the quality of the fruit was so impressive right from the start that it won a role in the final blend for Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia. Appearing an intense straw yellow, the wine displays a rich bouquet of tropical maracuja and pineapple, with delicate hints of earthy mineral and vanilla. The palate opens to full volume and remarkably pure, pulpy fruit. A tangy vein of acidity drives a long-lingering finish with a clean-edged crispness”. Winemaker’s notes

Vermentino, Viognier, Verdicchio, Sauvignon Blanc
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One of Italy’s most preferred by wine connoisseurs, the region of Tuscany is probably only rivalled for its prestige by Piedmont, in the north. Tuscany contains a number of very fine DOC and DOCG appellations within its geographical borders, and is also home to the Super Tuscans. By far the most relevant Tuscan appellation is Chianti Classico, where some incredible wines that compete at the highest level are produced. Many of these amazing Chiantis will age for over twenty years. Chianti shares Tuscany with Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, both of which produce wines of great quality. Brunello is a local variety of the Sangiovese grape. The warm temperatures coming off the coast, combined with the cool breezes from the hills, create a multitude of microclimates.


IGT: Toscana; Colli della Toscana Centrale; Vermentino di Toscana

DOC: Barco Reale di Carmignano; Bolgheri; Chianti; Elba; Maremma Toscana; Rosso di Montalcino; Val d’Arno di Sopra DOC;Vin Santo del Chianti; Vin Santo del Carmignano

DOCG:Brunello di Montalcino; Chianti Classico; Chianti Classico Riserva; Carmignano; Morellino di Scansano; Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tuscany accounts for over thirty DOC and half a dozen of DOCG wines. In addition to the great, well-known and appreciated reds, the local production includes a few distinguishable whites, the most notable among them being, without doubt, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Other delicious whites include the Bianco d'Elba, Bianco di Bolgheri, Vermentino and Bianco di Pitigliano.

Grape varieties

One of the most well known is Sangiovese the mainstay in all but one of Tuscany's seven red-wine DOCGs. In Montalcino it goes by the name Brunello, hence the name Brunello di Montalcino; in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano it is locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. Chianti, famed the world over, also features Sangiovese, as well as permitting the addition of small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, and international gems Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As well as being famed for its reds, Tuscany produces some distinguished whites, one of which has achieved DOCG status: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.