2011 Ornellaia "Le Serre Nuove" Bolgheri

SKU #1163368 94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (ID) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

K&L Notes

According to Wine Advocate: "This year Ornellaia celebrates the 25th anniversary of its flagship wine, the eponymous Ornellaia (1988-2013). General Director Leonardo Raspini and his team decide to celebrate with a commemorative edition of the wine packaged in an etched bottle with gold lettering." (08/2013)

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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2015 | Send Email
This is the second label for Ornellaia. Younger vines go into the wine. Pour it in the glass and you can see you are in for a wonderful experience. Deep, dark ruby red greets the eyes. Burst of berry fruits and crushed floral on the nose. This is a full body wine. Great weight on the mid palate. The tannins and acidity are all there for a seamless finish. Great with grilled meat or a heavier cheese. Elegance and power have never paired so well!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2015 | Send Email
Despite the hot weather of 2011, Ornellaia crafted another gem with the release of their "Le Serre Nuove" or second label. It's made primarily from Merlot but those preferring Cabernets might want to give this one a go. Aromas of black fruit, earth and graphite are complemented by an impressively rich and flavor-packed palate. It's smooth and concentrated and surprisingly fresh considering the warmth of the vintage. Although nice to drink now it will continue to improve with a couple years of cellaring.

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