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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Le Volte 2012

Posted on | February 17, 2015 | Written by Julia Punj | No Comments

RD8563-2Opening a new wine is like making a new friend. It’s all politeness in the beginning, but as you get to know each other, you drop the pretense and true personality comes though. Like a new friend, a freshly opened bottle can be shy or austere, but as time goes on and you become more familiar, it opens up and allows you to experience its true self.

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Le Volte 2012 is now a good friend. Upon opening the bottle, the wine’s tannin and red fruit flavors are obvious, but as the wine opened, I found the subtle nuances of personality become more vibrant. A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine lets you place the presence of each distinct grape. After Tenuta dell’Ornellaia ferments each varietal in separate small steel tanks, the wine is blended to allow a subtle evolution. The Merlot is soft and luscious, while the Cabernet Sauvignon’s depth and the Sangiovese’s structure work to round out the personality. The Le Volte sings of plum and strawberries, awash in acidity, with a finish that lasts until the next sip. After a glass or two the Le Volte becomes a friendly face that begs to be a fixture at dinner parties or a weekday get together.

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is a leading producer of super Tuscan wines in Italy, and Le Volte is the last in the line of the three Ornellaia wines. Aged for ten months in old Ornellaia barriques to soften the tannin and improve structure, the Le Volte will get along with just about anybody or any food; but to show its best side I would pair Le Volte with a whole roasted chicken, a mushroom ragu, and new potatoes–a homey, hearty meal, for a familiar and expressive wine. Best of all, this Le Volte is under $30, letting you enjoy Super-Tuscan beauty any night of the week.


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