Sangiovese with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
The Ornellaia winery is located in the hills near Bolgheri. Vineyards fit like a mosaic into the picturesque landscape in Tuscany and result in a unique beauty in a really extraordinary place. The special nature of the soil and the sea climate create an environment in which red and white grape varieties can fully develop. An almost perfect combination of sunshine, warm summer days and cool nights, with just the right amount of rain to slow the growth of the vines without their suffering from drought.
The 2019 vintage represents a return to a more classic Bolgheri taste profile with greater fruit weight, structure and soft tannins.
The entry-level 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is mostly Merlot that is blended with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. As the text on the back label suggests, the wine aims for a so-called Mediterranean flavor profile that presents the cherry softness of the Merlot against the spice of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the bramble or blue flowers of the Sangiovese. This wine also shows a specifically Italian side, thanks to that food-friendly freshness. I’m thinking pasta with a hearty meat ragù.
The 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is terrific. Bold, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate. Juicy black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol and chocolate are all kicked up a few notches. In 2019 Le Volte is especially dark and sumptuous, both of which add to its considerable immediacy and overall appeal. This is an especially fine vintage for the Ornellaia’s entry-level bottling. Score: 91, Antonio Galloni, April 2021
“Rosemary, sage and underbrush at the start. Tight, extremely spicy, this feels full of freshly cut herbs with touches of earth. A cold start to the season meant late budding then a hot season later, giving an opulence in the final glass. This is bottled a year earlier than the others two reds, and is a little more open. Blending takes place after ageing, with ageing in a mix of oak barrels and cement.”
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