2015 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Le Volte" Toscana

SKU #1335630 92 points James Suckling

 A fine-grained and focused red with berry, coffee and spice aromas and flavors. Medium body and a clean finish. Extremely pretty and delicious to drink now.  (8/2017)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Le Volte is another outstanding wine from this terrific estate. Made from 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Sangiovese, aged 10 months in a mix of concrete tanks and barrels, it offers jammy black cherry and blackberry fruits, hints of licorice, graphite, and dried earth, medium body, ripe, polished tannin, and a great finish. I love its fruit-forward, delicious character and it should drink nicely for 4-5 years.  (3/2018)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Flavors of chilled plum and seedy raspberry lend a cool, red-fruited character to this Merlot-based blend. It feels juicy and vibrant, with a hint of spice dancing through the fruit, and well-integrated tannins that firm up the finish.  (4/2018)


 The 2015 Le Volte dell'Ornellaia is plump, juicy and delicious, all qualities that will make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. This Merlot-based blend offers plenty of appeal in a radiant style that captures the natural richness of the year in its generous red berry fruit. (AG)  (4/2018)

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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 M├ędoc 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.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan