2021 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove
Le Serre Nuove is the second wine from Tenuta Ornellaia. The winemakers decided to make this wine at the time they were blending Ornellaia. People were busy making the choices of the barriques, which provide the properties of flexibility in the structure, the fruit and the properties of the terroir. The fruit discovered from the younger vines laid the foundation for this wine. Unprecedentedly beautiful wine that is significantly cheaper than the cult wine Ornellaia. In the glass, the Serre Nuove is rich, concentrated, ruby red. The aroma of this wine is roasted fruit, spices and hints of mint. The taste is full, with the spicy impressions of the Merlot grapes, enriched with the fruity hints of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vineyards of Ornellaia are located near the famous wine region in Bolgheri, in the Maremma near the Tuscan coast. Each of these vineyards has its own terroir and therefore has its specific properties to achieve optimal quality of the vines. 9
After the picking, which is completely separated per grape variety and is carried out entirely manually, the grapes are carefully selected for quality on large tables. The first fermentation takes place under a controlled temperature of 26-30ºC in steel tanks. The maturing process continues for 17 months in French oak barriques. The blend is made after the wine has matured for 12 months in the barriques (25% new barriques and 75% previously used barriques). After maturing in the barriques, the wine is bottled. The bottles then remain in the cellars of the domain for another 6 months to continue the maturing process as optimally as possible and to achieve the right quality. After this, the wine has matured sufficiently to be introduced to the market. The wine is always only released around September/October of the year
Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2021 is a wine with beautiful, high-quality tannins and balanced concentration. The wine is bright ruby red with the usual purple tones in the glass. Refreshing on the nose with pink pepper and aromas of cypress berries, reminiscent of the Mediterranean shrub. The taste is elegant with a nice acidity and a persistent and savory aftertaste, which invites further enjoyment.
Lodovico Antinori already had a head start at birth. The Antinoris have been among the Florentine merchant nobility for centuries and already joined the wine buyers' guild in 1385. Since then, there has always been one member of the family in the wine trade. The family estates in Tuscany were greatly expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries and the family gained a lot of experience in the winery. At the beginning of this century, she founded an influential trading company. Marquis Lodovico worked for a while in the family business, but decided to go his own way in the early 1980s. He created an extensive vineyard on Tenuta dell'Ornelllaia, a family estate in Bolgheri on the Mediterranean, 96 km from Florence.
This part of the Maremma not only has a beautiful wild nature, but is also a fertile agricultural area, a region with great potential for wine production. Lodovico's uncle, Marquis Incisa della Rochetta, had already drawn Bolgheri's attention to the wine world with his pioneering work on Tenuta San Guido and with his Sassiciaia, now regarded as one of the world's greatest red wines.
Lodovico Antinori followed in his uncle's footsteps in nearby Ornellaia, although he makes a completely different type of wine. He learned from a number of international wine authorities that the character of the Bolgheri soil resembled that of St.-Émilion and Pomerol in Bordeaux was ideal for the production of quality wine. The special feature of the Ornellaia vineyard - for Italian standards - is the high percentage of merlot. The assembly for Antinori's top wine, the red Ornellaia, contains 40% merlot. However, this grape comes into its own best at the vigna veccia (old vines) of the winery. Since 1987, this plot has supplied the raw material for a 100% Merlot cuvée called the Masseto. The grapes for this wine have been picked under a sunny September sky. After the long fermentation of 18-20 days, the wine is naturally transferred to tanks. After which a maturing process in new Barriques. The result is a wine with structure, very pure fruit and a beautiful balance.
|Available as of
|Oct 23, 2023
|Type of Wine
|Tenuta dell Ornellaia
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard