Antonio Galloni says of Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove that “In top vintages it is the hidden gem in this (Tenuta dell’Ornellaia’s) lineup from a price to quality perspective”. It is quickly becoming apparent that 2013 is shaping up to rival the 2010 vintage, with Galloni stating that ‘The finest 2013s resemble the 2010s, but with more mid-palate richness, ripeness and sweetness’. 2013 therefore is certainly a top vintage. Galloni has yet to score the 2013, James Suckling has, scoring it 94 points, his highest yet. The 2013 could possibly be the best Le Serre Nuove; a truly great wine in its own right. While Ornellaia is undoubtedly the flagship wine, Le Serre Nuove offers exceptional value for those who wish to benefit from the pedigree of one of the most renowned Super Tuscan estates.
Le Serre Nuove is to Ornellaia what Carruades de Lafite is to Lafite Rothschild. The first vintage of Le Serre Nuove was produced in 1997, the vintage when Ornellaia chose to make further selections during the blending of their first wine. It is chiefly made from younger Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vines; some of these make it into Ornellaia to give the wine more energy and lift.
It is a powerful wine, combining a full body, fresh acidity and focused aromatics. The Merlot provides a depth and long fruit-driven mid-palate; the fruit concentration is spectacular, all knit together with the refined structure and ripe, sweetly focused tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot creates an aromatic very similar to Left Bank Bordeaux wines, with flavours of tobacco, herbs, roasted coffee beans and mocha.
Antonio Galloni recently commented that that current vintages of Le Serre Nuove ‘are actually better wines than the early vintages of Ornellaia‘, a paradigm that is certainly true with the stellar 2013. At £33.46 per bottle duty and VAT paid, this is not to be missed, as Galloni states, this is about as good as it gets in the fine wine world in terms of price vs. quality.
Le Serre Nuove 2013, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, 94 points, James Suckling –£155 6×75 In Bond or £200.76 incl duty and VAT
James Suckling, 94 Points
“Wonderful depth of fruit to this wine with blackcurrants, spices, mint and flowers. Full body, firm and silk tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and polished red. This needs another three or four years to come together but shows style and beauty. Superb second wine from Ornellaia.”
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