Exit the Aurelia, drive a few unremarkable parallel miles, and you find the road to Bolgheri. Lined with tall, stately, cypress trees, the tarmac road seems to rush you back in history. By the time you hit the stone walls of the town, decades, even centuries feel like they've dropped away. Tiny, manicured and jewel-box perfect, Bolgheri itself seems like a Colonial Williamsburg for wine-lovers. It feels arrested in time, swept clean not only of litter but also of the digital, jangling noise of modern history.
Walking around Bolgheri, it's easy to forget that the Super Tuscan revolution isn't quite fifty years old; all the estates that dot the landscape were but dreams a couple decades ago, and incomprehensible a half-century. Time has moved fast in this medieval town, though you'd never know it as you stroll its cobblestones and rub your fingers on its stone buildings. Time seems to move even faster when you consider that while Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia's maker, has been making wines since the late '60s, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, maker of Masseto and Ornellaia, has only been there since the early '80s. The buildings of Bolgheri stand still; Bolgheri winemaking doesn't.
Today, I'm proud to announce the release of the new 2015 Le Volte, Ornellaia's entry-level wine. Some vintages are gifts to winemakers, and 2015 was one of them. Warm and sunny (but not too warm and sunny), chilly at harvest (but not too chilly), and rainy when the vines needed it, 2015 gave the Ornellaia team everything they needed to make gorgeous wines--and this '15 is first and very affordable taste at this exceptional vintage. Like 2015 in Toscana, the growing year of 2013 was exceptional, and I'm pleased to pair one great Super-Tuscan wine with another: Terriccio 2013 Tassinaia. This Super-Tuscan duo lives up to its name!
Don't miss the quartet of French rosés, because sometimes you've got to blush--enjoy!