Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Ornellaia 2012 Le Volte

Le_volte_ornellaia_2012There are numerous Italian wines with high quality-to-price ratios and I get excited when I come across one I really like. Lots of people ask me for recommendations in value wines. In general, I’m impressed by the entry-level wines offered by top producers. These are great wines to enjoy while waiting for the flagship bottlings to come around, and one of my favorites is Tenuta dell’Ornellaia’s Le Volte from Bolgheri.

Synonymous with winemaking of the highest order, Ornellaia’s wines reflect the superb terroir of the Bolgheri region, complemented by the wonderful Mediterranean climate of this coastal region. Le Volte is an expression of an estate at the top of its game, bringing together the best terroir in Tuscany with Mediterranean opulence while maintaining structure and complexity. While its bigger brothers Le Serre Nuove and Ornellaia omit the use of Sangiovese, Le Volte reengages the estate with Tuscan tradition by including Sangiovese in the blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The softness of the Merlot is balanced with the firm structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, while the indigenous Sangiovese combines to create a unique blend reflecting the class, style and integrity that Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is known for.

The 2012 vintage was warm but not excessively hot, and the ’12 Le Volte offers rich red and black berries, herbal notes, hints of violets, and baking spices. This Le Volte has a lovely mineral character with fresh acidity and a lingering velvety finish. Feeling a bit ambitious in the kitchen, I paired this bottle with a selection of cured meats and cheese followed by pistachio and grilled lamb shoulder seasoned with fresh oregano and thyme. My friends were rather impressed, assuming I had splurged on the wine. I let them think just that when in actuality this bottle cost just $ 29.99 a bottle!

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