Le Volte Dell' Ornellaia 2017

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James Suckling
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The Wine Advocate
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TOCB201711 UCAU
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Ornellaia has established itself among the iconic wine estates in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate’s unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. The combination of Bolgheri’s unique soils and growing conditions, and what can only be characterized as a total obsession with excellence, result in the world-class wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc that so many wine lovers cross the world have come to cherish. 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.
Ornellaia has established itself among the iconic wine estates in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate’s unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. The combination of Bolgheri’s unique soils and growing conditions, and what can only be characterized as a total obsession with excellence, result in the world-class wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc that so many wine lovers cross the world have come to cherish. 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.

Scores & Reviews

91 / 100

James Suckling

An opulent Le Volte with ripe redcurrants, caramelized orange peel and lilacs on the nose. Medium body, fine but round tannins and a fruit-driven finish. Drink now.

92 / 100

The 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.

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Antonio Galloni

It's always a pleasure to visit Ornellaia and taste with Axel Heinz. A native of Bordeaux, where he still maintains deep roots, Heinz is now one of the world's most in-demand winemakers. Not surprisingly, Heinz has recently been promoted to Estate Manager, with full control of vineyard and winemaking operations. Heinz describes 2013 as a cool year that was the latest-ripening vintage on record at Ornellaia, although it was surpassed the very next year. Flowering took a full two weeks as opposed to the 4-5 days that is more typical here. Rain in spring and early summer delayed ripening, but heat returned in July. Rain provided the booked to the end of the Cabernet Sauvignon growing season. So far, the 2013s I have tasted are aromatically expressive, lithe and refined, as one would expect. Things were quite different in 2012. Like the preceding vintage, 2012 was very warm and dry to the point of pushing the vines into stress, but a cooling trend in September restored balance. Rain just before harvest