ORNELLAIA, 'LE SERRE NUOVE' & 'LE VOLTE'
TUSCANY, ITALY 2020
2020 is a year we would all like to forget, of course, but the grapes still grew and, in certain fortunate instances — in the vineyards of Bolgheri, and in particular at the iconic Ornellaia — they thrived. In late summer of that year, Wine Industry Advisor posted a report that conditions promised an "outstanding vintage."
Well, those wines are out in the market now, and we can tell you that the early enthusiasm has been more than validated.
This is, simply put, a banner vintage from one of Italy's greatest producers.
We bring you two today from their 2020 release: the 93-Point Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso and the 93-point Le Volte dell'Ornellaia' Toscana IGT.
If you're acquainted with the name Ornellaia, then you know how devastatingly delicious they are. They also command top dollar.
Which is why Ornellaia created Serre Nuove, a line of second wines designed to be more affordable to the general public — the two reds we have for you are a tremendous value, at a best price of $60 and $30, respectively — and to be more accessible early.
These second wines were an immediate hit, but in a piece in Forbes two years ago, the rockstar winemaker Axel Heinz ("Italy's most celebrated winemaker," according to Lux mag) said that it is only recently that these wines are "coming into their own."
It is tempting to cast Heinz as a perfectionist inclined to dismiss work that does not live up to his loftiest ideal. But we can say that the more recent vintages have been thrilling, and that 2020 only reinforces that impression.
In characterizing the Serre Nuove Bolgheri Rosso, the Wine Advocate could have been speaking about both reds: "The fullness of the fruit is on full display, but in a very relaxed and natural manner. The wine never feels like too much. The tannins are yielding and velvety, and this purebred Tuscan red wraps thickly over the palate."
Folks, this is a choice opportunity to stock your cellar with some of the best values to come out of Tuscany in many a moon. And the fact that those great values are coming down from the great Ornellaia?
We'll have both for the next week only, but hurry!
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