2018 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

2018 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

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2018 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

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Brilliant garnet, an instantly captivating nose of black and red forest fruits, plum, rose and finely managed oak spice. The palate is seamless, silky and sophisticated. The tannins sweet and polished, layers of glossy berry fruits, plump cherries and roasted mocha spices support a slight savoury note pierced with ivy leaf, and the smoky edges of graphite. The 2018 yielded fresher wines in Bolgheri, Le Serra Nuove shows delicacy but also immense detail and complexity. Discerning, expressive and seductive, immediately enjoyable now but is tightly coiled, and will improve in cellar. Drink 2021 - 2032.

Davy Zyw, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (November 2020)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous90-92/100
Wine Advocate93/100
Wine Spectator 90/100
Decanter95/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous90-92/100
The 2018 Le Serre Nuove shows the restrained style of the year in its nuanced personality. Sweet floral and spice notes add perfume to this super-expressive Serre Nuove. Dark red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and mocha are nicely delineated throughout. In some recent vintages, Serre Nuove has leaned towards the more exuberant side of things. I have to say, I like this more moderate expression very much. The 2018 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine.
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (July 2019) Read more
Wine Advocate93/100
The 2018 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that is aged in oak for 15 months. The wine shows depth, concentration and generous fruit weight that adds to the intensity and the textural importance of this abundant, full-bodied expression. Late-season rains threw some challenges at the winemakers of Bolgheri, but this open-knit wine has emerged unscathed.

Drink 2021 - 2030

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May 2021) Read more
Wine Spectator 90/100
Rich and packed with black cherry, blackberry and plum flavors shaded by wild Mediterranean herbs and baking spices. It's polished, yet dense, the tannins lining the lingering finish like cocoa powder. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Mar 2021) Read more
Decanter95/100
Le Serre Nuove's approachable style comes from younger vines or those on lighter, sandier soils, whilst retaining its potential to age in bottle. 2018 brought useful winter dormancy, provocative spring deluges, hot August flushes, and cool, calming harvest nights. It's a sophisticated red with smooth, Ornellaia-esque appeal in a lighter key. Its forward-flowing, velvety fruit is well defined, clear, persistent and easy to engage with. Tannins from both fruit and oak are integrated and in sync.

Drink 2021 - 2031

Monty Waldin, Decanter.com (Mar 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Ornellaia

Ornellaia

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is located in one of the world’s most exciting wine regions: Bolgheri. A breathtaking avenue lined by towering cypress trees leads inland from the Aurelia, the old Roman coastal road, up to the walls of Bolgheri’s medieval hamlet. From the village the view extends far out to sea and on a clear day the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago and Corsica can be seen.

The mild maritime climate and  the lush Mediterranean vegetation leave an imprint upon the character of the wines. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia's unique territory guides all aspects of production: limited quantities to ensure maximum quality, attention to every detail, selective hand harvesting, microvinification and ageing.

Ornellaia is a Cabernet/Merlot wine blend. Masseto is made entirely from Merlot - it is a model of rich, silky elegance and has rapidly become a modern classic.

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Bolgheri

Bolgheri

Bolgheri is a new DOC in the coastal Maremma region which first rose to prominence during the 1970s with the emergence of the so-called Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia and Sassicaia. These new ventures had rocked the DOC establishment by using high proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, opting out of the DOC system and relabeling their wines as simply Vino da Tavola (table wine). 

Having won universal acclaim and exchanging hands for unprecedented prices (higher even than Tuscany's finest examples), the authorities relented and awarded Bolgheri its own DOC. The actions of the Super Tuscans inspired a generation in Italy, even if some of the wines here have lost a little of their lustre since.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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