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2013 Ornellaia "Le Serre Nuove" Bolgheri

SKU #1226008 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The biggest challenge of the 2013 vintage was a long, uneven flowering with a two-week delay compared to the average – which reduced production and resulted in the uneven development of grapes. The blend is dominated by both Cabernets with a significant amount of Petit Verdot (12%), while Merlot was kept to just under one-third of the blend (32%). Fresh cassis doused with bell pepper and balsamic notes leads to eucalyptus and rosemary, with an underlying depth of leather. Firm and velvety, it shows an amazing integration of fruit, acidity and tannins, showing both balance and potential for further ageing. It will appeal to lovers of classic Bordeaux. (AF) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wonderful depth of fruit to this wine with blackcurrants, spices, mints and flowers. Full body, firm and silk tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and polished red. This needs another three of four years to come together but shows style and beauty. Superb second wine from Ornellaia. Inner quote mark (8/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I have always been a big fan of this wine. The 2013 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove is a generous blend of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Petit Verdot (12%). The wine presents an intensely drinkable style with soft fruit nuances of cherry, spice, grilled herb and leather. The integration of those aromas is absolutely seamless. In the mouth, Le Serra Nuove is soft, lush and beautifully persistent. (ML) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is polished and refined to the core. Mocha, smoke, black cherries, licorice, torrefaction and dark spices meld together in the glass. This is a relatively open, mid-weight vintage for the Serre Nuove, with expressive aromatics and open-knit fruit. The new oak is especially apparent here. In some recent vintages, Le Serre Nuove has come across as almost too serious of a second wine. That is not the case in 2013, where Le Serre Nuove is quite distinct from Ornellaia, and also much more approachable right out of the gate. The 2013 also has a relatively high amount of Cabernet Franc because less was used in the Ornellaia than normal. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense and tightly wound, this red exhibits blackberry, black cherry, spice and earth flavors. Muscular tannins hold down the compact, cedary finish. (BS) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

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