A well-defined red, with a streak of pure black currant, blackberry, cedar and rosemary. Linear and vibrant, with echoes of fruit and spice on the lingering finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now.
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2019 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia shows a greater degree of focus and detail compared to the previous vintage that I tasted at the same time. This wine reveals the sharp contours and etched character of the Cabernet Franc, especially with black licorice and black pepper. The results are linear and pure. Elegant fruit notes of blackberry and dark currant add to the thick layering of the wine.
The 2019 Le Serre Nuove Dell'Ornellaia is 54% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. It has more pyrazines that I suspect will evolve into more cedar and herbal notes with bottle age, but it has beautiful darker berry fruits, nicely integrated oak, notes of resinous herbs, coffee, and loamy soil, and terrific balance. The tannins are certainly present, and this is just a young, unevolved yet still beautiful red that's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.
Currants, sweet tobacco, walnut husk and flowers on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied, it grows on the palate, with firm yet polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Very solid and well-crafted second wine from Ornellaia. Drink after 2023.
Wine & Spirits
The 2019 Le Serre Nuove’s dark fruit flavors are juicy and vibrant, framed by velvety tannins and enlivened by notes of warm spice. The plum and blackberry flavors maintain freshness and verve after the second day, gaining intensity and depth as the wine reveals layers of fresh tobacco and soft licorice.