Le Volte dell’Ornellaia

TOSCANA IGT ROSSO

Le Volte dell’Ornellaia combines a Mediterranean expression of generosity with structure and complexity, reflecting the philosophy of Ornellaia. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is a fine wine for spontaneous wine lovers and needs no ceremony.

THE 2005 GROWING SEASON

50% Sangiovese

30% Merlot

20% Cabernet Sauvignon

The beginning of the year was characterized by a reasonably mild Winter (apart from the rather harsh weather conditions between February and March, which delayed budding by a few days),  followed by an unexpectedly warm and sunny Spring, causing blossoming to occur a week early. June and July did their work well: heat, sun, and just a bit of rain … perfect to ensure a uniform onset of ripening. In August the ripening  continued with constant temperatures that never exceeded the seasonal averages (32 °C).  Some rainfall around mid August contributed to the optimal development of the clusters.  The harvest was often interrupted by rain, but the clusters were quickly dried out by the winds blowing in from the sea.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

Each grape variety was vinified separately in small stainless tanks so that fermentation management (extraction and temperature)  respected the different characteristics of each variety. Malolactic fermentation  was carried out in stainless steel after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine  was then matured for 10 months in 2 – 4 year old barriques, which had previously been used for Masseto and Ornellaia ageing.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“Elegant and enjoyable, the 2005 vintage is characterised by ample fruity, slightly spicy notes.  Round and full in the mouth, it combines the Mediterranean generosity of Sangiovese with the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the softer tones of Merlot, creating an extremely pleasant wine.”

Axel Heinz

RATINGS

Wine Advocate 90

Wine Spectator 87

Antonio Galloni 90

Falstaff 86

THE 2005 GROWING SEASON

50% Sangiovese

30% Merlot

20% Cabernet Sauvignon

The beginning of the year was characterized by a reasonably mild Winter (apart from the rather harsh weather conditions between February and March, which delayed budding by a few days),  followed by an unexpectedly warm and sunny Spring, causing blossoming to occur a week early. June and July did their work well: heat, sun, and just a bit of rain … perfect to ensure a uniform onset of ripening. In August the ripening  continued with constant temperatures that never exceeded the seasonal averages (32 °C).  Some rainfall around mid August contributed to the optimal development of the clusters.  The harvest was often interrupted by rain, but the clusters were quickly dried out by the winds blowing in from the sea.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

Each grape variety was vinified separately in small stainless tanks so that fermentation management (extraction and temperature)  respected the different characteristics of each variety. Malolactic fermentation  was carried out in stainless steel after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine  was then matured for 10 months in 2 – 4 year old barriques, which had previously been used for Masseto and Ornellaia ageing.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“Elegant and enjoyable, the 2005 vintage is characterised by ample fruity, slightly spicy notes.  Round and full in the mouth, it combines the Mediterranean generosity of Sangiovese with the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the softer tones of Merlot, creating an extremely pleasant wine.”

Axel Heinz

RATINGS

Wine Advocate 90

Wine Spectator 87

Antonio Galloni 90

Falstaff 86

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