92 points Jeb Dunnuck
A slightly tweaked blend of 81% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Vermentino, 6% Viognier, 3% Verdicchio, the 2016 Poggio alle Gazze dell'Ornellaia is another powerful white from this estate that offers beautiful Meyer lemon, green herbs, honeyed minerality, and just a hint of tropical fruit. As with the 2017, it's medium to full-bodied, has building richness, and good acidity, all of which point to wine that's going to shine on the dinner table."
"This is rich and aromatic, offering floral, peach, gooseberry and light grassy aromas and flavors. Balanced and long, with a mouthwatering, saline finish." 90 points Wine Spectator
"Attractive aromas of dried peaches, apples and white pepper with hints of hot stones, following through to a medium to full body, layers of fruit and a fresh and clean finish. I like the brightness and salinity...." 92 James Suckling
After gravity settling of some 12 hours, the separate lots of must were put in barriques, 23% of which new and 27% used, in steel tanks, and in concrete and oak vats (50%). Fermentation temperatures did not exceed 22°C, and the wine did not go through malolactic fermentation. The wine matured on the fine lees for 6 months, with regular bâtonnage throughout the period, followed by the assemblage of the final blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Viognier, and 10% Vermentino. It rested an additional 12 months in the bottle before release.
2016 was characterized by abnormally warm weather with heavy rainfall in February. Budbreak took place on time in the last week of March. The abundance of water in the soil and the warm weather in April led to quick and normal vegetative vine growth. Towards May temperatures returned to normal, slowing the growth down slightly, bringing about the flowering which took place in the last week of May with dry sunny weather, perfect for a good fruit-setting phase. The summer was average with very little rain favoring a notable water stress towards the end of the ripening stage. The usual August holiday period storms were also absent which kept the dryness throughout the whole Sauvignon and Viognier harvesting periods. Fortunately, the Estate’s proximity to the sea brought fresh moist wind with a remarkable night-time temperature change, allowing the vines to recover from the daytime heat and preserve their scents and zesty acidity, despite high sugar levels. The Sauvignon and Viognier harvests took place in the last week of August, while the Vermentino was harvested in the second half of September after some welcome rainfalls.