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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Toscana "Le Volte dell'Ornellaia" IGT 2017
(Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 92]

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Notes From The Winemaker:
Le Volte dell’Ornellaia combines a Mediterranean expression of generosity with structure and complexity, reflecting the philosophy of Ornellaia. It represents the first step into the Ornellaia family, and is an ideal wine for everyday enjoyment.

Soils: Three major soil types: marine (sedimentary deposit from the sea), alluvial (marly, sandy clays with mineral veins), and volcanic (schist, gravel and porous soils.) Vineyards are planted at high density, from 5,000-8,700 hl/ha, and feature several training systems – spur-pruned cordon, single Guyot, and head-pruned vines.
Grape Varieties: 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Sangiovese.

Fermentation: The different varieties were fermented separately in small steel tanks to maintain their varietal characteristics intact. The alcoholic fermentation was followed by malolactic fermentation, again in steel tanks.
Aging: The wine was then aged for 10 months, partly in barrique used for Ornellaia and partly in cement tanks, to obtain the perfect balance between tannic structure and an expression of fresh fruit.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Lots of big, dark fruit and a lack of water in the grapes define the unique personality of the 2017 Le Volte dell'Ornellaia. This is a highly extracted and succulent expression that delivers abundant fruit sweetness. The key to this vintage was waiting for proper ripeness, says estate manager and winemaker Axel Heinz. "The grapes continued to get smaller throughout the summer," he says. That lack of water resulted in very concentrated fruit, giving this entry-level wine a rich and modern feel as a result." - Monica Larner (18th Apr 2019)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Subdued aromas of cassis and Mediterranean scrub emerge from the glass. The firm palate offers sour cherry, tangerine zest and tobacco alongside taut tannins. Kerin O’Keefe" - (5/1/2020)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Offers black cherry and earth notes, with a hint of oak spice. Open and appealing, backed by moderate tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2023. 9,500 cases imported." - BS