2018 Tenuta dell' Ornellaia Le Volte

Year: 2018
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 89
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"The Ornellaia 2018 Le Volte dell'Ornellaia is mostly Merlot, but the rest of the blend is filled out with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Indeed, dedicating a portion of fruit to an entry-level wine such as this (with an annual production of some 750,000 bottles) ensures lower yields and high quality for other wines in the estate portfolio. The vines are planted at 60 to 80 meters above sea level, and the soils see a mix of deep clay, red sand and rocks. Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occur in steel vats, and the wine is aged partly in barrique and a part cement for 10 months. This vintage is very primary and simple with bright high tones of raspberry and wild blueberry followed by some almond and toasted nut. The mouthfeel is compact and direct. Le Volte was released in March 2020." (WA)

"There’s purity of fruit here with crushed plums, flowers, fresh sage and rosemary on both the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, yet soft and pretty at the finish. Very drinkable now." (JS)

"Moving to the reds, the 2018 Le Volte Dell'Ornellaia can be thought of as the entry-level wine of this great estate and is mostly Merlot with small amounts of other red varieties. It has a juicy, Mediterranean vibe in its bright cherry and redcurrant fruits as well as loads of peppery herbs, new leather, and spicy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, elegant, and undeniably delicious, with both richness and freshness, it's ideal for drinking any time over the coming 4-6 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
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 across 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.

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 - 8,700hl/ha, and feature several training systems-spur-pruned cordon, single Guyot, and head-pruned vines.

Fermentation: Each variety and each parcel was vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks to ensure their varietal characteristics remained intact. Alcoholic fermentation was then followed by malolactic fermentation again in stainless steel tanks. Aging: The wine was aged for 10 months, partly in barrique and cement tanks in order to obtain the perfect balance between tannic structure and an expression of fresh fruit.

2018 brought the weather conditions back to normal, with a winter that provided sufficient for the vines to begin their well-deserved rest. Spring will be remembered as one of the rainiest in history, with three times more rainfall than the seasonal average and high temperatures in April. The sugars and acidity developed slowly, while the berries grew to larger dimensions thanks to the high level of water present in the soil. Temperatures were higher than the seasonal average, but the cooler nights allowed the vines to recover and preserve the grapes’ aromas and acidity.