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2016 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia
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- Cellar 6 - 8 years (2026-2028)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
This super Tuscan is the second label of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, the 2016 being a blend of 44% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 18% Petit Verdot. Outstanding depth of colour, inky black at its heart with a deep dark red black hue. Intense ripe blackcurrant, liquorice and dark cherry fruits are tied to lightly toasted vanillin cedar, scorched earth, black olive, dried herbs and spice. Medium to full bodied, rich blackcurrant, black cherry and liquorice fruits are straddled over a back drop of earth, dried herbs, subtle cigar box and spicy black olives. Robust tannins back the concentrated fruit and firm up the finish. Concludes long, powerful, chewy and muscular.
Cellar 6-8 years.
This is a fantastic interpretation from Bolgheri. The 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is made with fruit from the same vineyard plots that go into the Bolgheri Superiore, only this is a second selection if you will. Generally speaking, fruit from the younger vines goes here. This wine gives us a very pretty glimpse of what we can expect of the high-end releases from this classic vintage. The fruit is rock solid, delineated, tonic and firm. The pleasure factor awarded here is very high thanks to the wine's inner softness, silky tannins and soothing extract. The bouquet is seamless and pristine. Drink 2018-2028.
Monica Larner – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
Showing beautifully, the incredibly impressive 2016 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia (44% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, and 12% Cabernet Franc) is a true second wine from this estate, following the similar practice in Bordeaux of offering a second wine basically made from the grapes that didn't rate the top cuvee. Don't let that deter you, though, as this is a terrific wine. Its deep ruby color is followed by a ripe, complex bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, tobacco, and earthy, herbal characteristics. Gorgeous on the palate, with medium to full body, a wonderful freshness and purity, and silky tannins, it's already drinking nicely but will keep for 10-15 years.
Appreciate the aromas of crushed stones and currants that follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of dark-berry and walnut character in the aftertaste. Beautiful second wine of Ornellaia. Already very attractive, but better after 2022.