Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia

2017 will go down as one of the hottest and driest vintages this region has ever seen. This meant a lot less yield but the fruit was really concentrated and the flavor is intensified greatly! It also allowed the winemaker to pick the grapes at the perfect ripeness, and it sure shows in this instant classic vintage of Le Volte. The Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese blend are all vinified separately to maintain their identity in the final wine. The wine only sees 10 months in oak, as it was already so full of flavor and balance, that they wanted to maintain the freshness of the vintage. A bouquet of red fruit and spices meets you when you pour the first glass. After opening up after a quick decant, big dark fruit start on the palate, followed by hints of earth, spices and a great mouthfeel. The wine is framed by vibrant acidity and rich, smooth tannins and the finish is long and smooth. A great wine for the price!

 

Farnese Edizione

It’s radiant force of fruit and flower emerges in a unique nose with notes of blackberry, violet, and black cherry that daze the nostrils…With a taste, balanced in acid, softness and tannins, of a suppleness and force that is simply phenomenal…An absolute masterwork of nature, technique, humanity and pure passion.

99 points Luca Maroni

Best Italian Red Wine – 2015 Best Italian Wines Guidebook by Luca Maroni

Tolaini Al Passo

I am a big fan of Tolaini’s Al Passo both in terms of its quality and its excellent price point. The Al Passo is mostly Sangiovese with a small part Merlot for extra softness and fruit intensity. It opens to soft layers of dark cherry, grilled herb, and spice that fit together with a great sense of precision and focus. The mouthfeel is linear and rich, but it also shows a noticeable degree of elegance. This is the perfect wine to pair with informal dinners at home with friends and family.

 

Antinori Tignanello

The Antinori Tignanello is an intense ruby red in color with purple highlights. The wine is ripe on the nose with notes of dark fruit and with much underlying freshness on the aromatic finish; plum fruit dominates the aromatic gamut along with cherries, and the aromas evolve with vigor and balance towards sensations of mint and liquorice. On the palate, though still young, the wine is ready and inviting, rich and harmonious; excellent the balance of the flavors thanks to the tonic acidity and the solidity and suppleness of the tannins. The finish and aftertaste are rich and savory and are characterized by a sweet persistence and length. Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.