2011 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Le Serre Nuove" Bolgheri

SKU #1276261 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A gorgeous wine, the 2011 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuovo dell-Ornellaia (57% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Franc) opens with an inky dark, almost impenetrable appearance and beautifully chiseled - but abundantly intense - aromas of blackberry, dried cherry, rum cake, leather, moist pipe tobacco and chewy black licorice. The balance and harmony are seductive and impressive and the wine lasts many long seconds on the palate. Noticeable tannic backbone gives us hope in its cellar potential. (ML)  (8/2013)

94 points Vinous

 The 2011 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia comes across as tight and shut down today. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but less of the appeal I saw just a few months ago. The high tannins of the vintage and the relatively large amount of Petit Verdot (14%) are both very marked at this stage in the wine's life. Readers holding the 2011 are best off cellaring their bottles for at least another 1-2 years. The 2011 Le Serre Nuove is a powerhouse. (AG)  (9/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 A wine with a dense palate and ripe and round tannins. Full and very intense with a velvety textured tannin structure and a long and flavorful finish. Give it two or three years to show even more. Bordeaux blend. Superb second wine from Ornellaia.  (7/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant, sweet spices, licorice, violet and grilled herbs, plus a hint of peppery chocolate truffle. Sappy and highly concentrated, boasting terrific energy and a liqueur-like nuance to its flavors of black fruits, wild herbs and green pepper. Turns a little austere at the back, finishing with gripping, high-quality tannins and sharply delineated violet and black pepper notes that are true to the wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon and petit verdot elements. This is likely to be a long-lived Le Serre Nuove. 90+? (ID)  (12/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ornellaia's second wine, made from the younger vines on the estate, boasts ripe fruit and a fresh, accessible style. It offers sensations of juicy wild berries, currants and plum accented with notes of mocha and black pepper alongside round, soft tannins. (KO)  (5/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Dark and smooth, exhibiting blackberry, black cherry and subtle chocolate flavors that give way to firm tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. (BS, Web-2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Super Tuscan