Peter Maude Fine Wines

2020, Le Volte Dell'Ornellaia Rosso, ITALY


Blend: 51% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 10% Montepulciano, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Sangiovese.

Grabs you from the first moment your nose hovers over the glass. Smudged charcoal runs into raspberry, underbrush and mandarin orange peel that speaks of Tuscan sun. Excellent quality, good persistency in the glass as it stretches out through the palate. Everything feels in balance, and this provides another indicator that 2020 is a great vintage in this corner of Italy - Le Volte (in 2020) is mostly Merlot and Cabernet but has freshness and nuance. Director Axel Heinz, oenologist Olga Fusari. 93 Jane Anson.

Bright and young on the nose, smells like freshly-picked red cherries, almost like sweets, blackcurrant and cherry sweets braced by bramble fruits and soft perfume. Softly creamy and chalky on the palate, strawberries and red cherries have a chalky texture and quite a perfume to the flavour profile. There is fruit there but then it's subdued a little by a savoury wood aspect, sweet vanilla and spiced clove that edges the palate. Feels a little disconnected at the moment, not all in harmony, but it has a charm to it and will be approachable earlier. One that will give a lot of pleasure. 93 Georgina Hindle, Decanter Magazine.

“Ruby red with purple reflections, Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2020 has a vinous bouquet, releasing a complexity of aromas ranging from ripe red fruits, to Mediterranean scrub, up to delicate notes of tobacco and spices. The mouthfeel is soft and silky, but at the same time supported by a lively acidity that gives us a crisp, persistent finish." Olga Fusari - Winemaker - December 2021.

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