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2013 Le Volte dell' Ornellaia

August 5, 2016 - Norman Bentley
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I like Italian Reds, and I like the Tuscan blends which often contain a combination of Italian and Bordeaux grapes. The LeVolte dell' Ornellaia is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese, and it is delightful. This is a complex wine which is intense, but does not over-power the palate.

The nose is a burst of cherries with violet undertones, which leads to a big fruit, big mouth-feel wine showcasing an array of flavors. Cherry is most prominent, with a strong suggestion of plum intermingled with notes of blackberry. There is a background of vanilla and spice which leads to a lingering finish which absolutely begs for another sip.

I tasted this wine with friends against a couple of other Italian Reds, and in my mind it was a clear winner. The Ornellaia would be a wonderful companion for your favorite Italian Veal dish, which in my case would be Veal Marsala, with a side of Spaghetti Marinara. It would also be an excellent choice for Chateaubriand. Norm's score is 91.

price : $22 - $27

score: 91

Norm

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