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Super Tuscan Royalty Delivered at $24.99! Finest Expression In A Quarter of a Century?
June 13, 2020



Debut: The Finest Expression In A Quarter of a Century? A Touch of Super Tuscan Royalty from Ornellaia Delivered at $24.99! Special Pricing - This Weekend Only.

All this talk of Bordeaux En Primeur has given us the hankering for a Super Tuscan. It is simple, not all of us want to wait two years for a wine to arrive, and we want everyday value delivered today. That leads us to the tiny hamlet of Bolgheri and the home of the groundbreaking Super Tuscan movement. In 2017, it is not Tenuta San Guido and Sassicaia that has captured our attention most, it is the iconic neighbor, and it just may be the “Year of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia.”

The Tuscan patriarch did everything right, showing off its Mediterranean flare of fruit generosity with its signature touch of salinity and character. In fact, for Antonio Galloni it was the flagship Ornellaia and Masseto that were the Super Tuscans of the vintage, and as such, Ornellaia SOLD OUT in under a week at IWM. But the brilliance of the estate, its complex soils and terroir, and the talented winemaking team with Bordeaux pedigree extends through all the wines. For IWM, Le Volte is one of the most reliable values in the Super-Tuscan class, affording regular access to Bolgheri’s hallowed ground.

Le Volte is the beloved third wine of Ornellaia, and since its inception it has had a rightful place on the IWM shelf. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. And yes, some of the vines that have produced both Ornellaia and Le Serre Nouve, now go into this little overachiever. But what separates Le Volte from its two siblings is its approachability and affordability. We had the Le Volte the other day in IWM’s vintage room with the Ornellaia team and can tell you first-hand – this wine is singing with concentration and energy.

For those of you keeping score, this is the highest-rated Le Volte in a quarter of a century from some critics. Regardless of ratings, it is a testament to what this prized estate is achieving across all wines in each vintage. In a time when we are all looking for some value, this is welcomed relief. Today, we are pleased to present a taste of Ornellaia at just $24.99 when you purchase six bottles or more.

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Note: Wines begin to arrive late June

Additional Notes and Reviews:



2017 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Le Volte
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “For those of you keeping score, this is the highest rated Le Volte in a quarter of a century. What we appreciate about this accolade is that it speaks volumes to what the estate is accomplishing for all its wines. And in 2017, we agree, they delivered an exceptional expression of Le Volte that punches well above its class. It is a product of the warm vintage with its ripe fruit nuances, and you can expect to find ripe black cherry, caramelized fruit, herbs, mocha, tar, and a taste of the salty sea air. It is the perfect everyday Super Tuscan with a touch of royalty and Mediterranean flare that overdelivers. A taste of Ornellaia under $25 for the summer, count me in.”

Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lots of big, dark fruit and a lack of water in the grapes define the unique personality of the 2017 Le Volte dell' Ornellaia. This is a highly extracted and succulent expression that delivers abundant fruit sweetness. The key to this vintage was waiting for proper ripeness, says estate manager and winemaker Axel Heinz. "The grapes continued to get smaller throughout the summer," he says. That lack of water resulted in very concentrated fruit, giving this entry-level wine a rich and modern feel as a result."

This is an email ONLY offer. Should you have any questions about these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we ask that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris