Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2012
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The 2012 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is striking. Mocha, plums, roasted coffee beans, espresso, dark red fruit and smoke are some of the notes that meld together in the glass. Deceptively medium in body, the 2012 possesses notable energy and structure. This is a terrific showing from Ornellaia's second wine. 2015 - 2027.
In the northern reaches of Maremma the wines offer plenty of richness along with better balance than the 2011s. Although 2012 was also a warm year, temperatures were cooler than normal in July and August, while September brought with it the diurnal shifts that are so essential in preserving color, aromatics and overall freshness. Although most of the top wines haven't been released yet, the 2012s I have tasted from barrel and bottle are hugely promising. The best wines are nothing short of exceptional.
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, September 2014|
The 2012 Bolgheri Le Serre Nuove is a voluptuous and generous wine that bursts forth with wild-cherry aromas, blackberry, crème de cassis, oak spice and smoke. The blend of grapes this year is 52% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 12% Petit Verdot. It awards pleasure and smoothness, thanks to its plump tannins and ripe fruit overtones. Le Serre Nuove shows the acidity and structure for ten years or more of cellar aging. Drink 2015-2028.
|Score: 92||Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (215), September 2014|
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