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!
92 Points Robert Parker
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
The Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is an integrated and seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This edition of Ornellaia is beautifully tonic and shapely as a result. The bouquet is very developed in terms of aromas this year with beautiful notes of dark fruit, tobacco and spice. Those perfumes are just gorgeous. The mouthfeel is similarly intense with tannins that are still young, but are already silky and linear in nature. This vintage promises a long aging future.
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.