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 2008 GROWING SEASON

50% Sangiovese

40% Merlot

10% Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2008 growing season saw a cool, rainy winter, and budbreak occurred in line with past years. Spring was rainy during flowering, which slowed fruit set and reduced the crop per vine. Summer was very hot  without rainfall, until the beginning of September. These conditions proved perfect for an optimal veraison and steady ripening process further improved by cool nights, which encouraged the production of aromatic compounds and colour. North winds in mid-September brought lower temperatures. The cool, breezy days remained sunny, however, and these conditions were particularly positive for late-ripening varieties (e.g. Sangiovese), which were thus able to complete their ripening and accumulate significant levels of polyphenols and aromatic compounds.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

The different varietals were fermented separately in small steel tanks to maintain their varietal characteristics intact. The alcoholic fermentation was followed by malolactic fermentation, again in steel tanks. The wine was then aged for 10 months in barriques ranging from 2-4 years in age, which were on their third cycle, as they had already been used for Masseto and Ornellaia. The time spent in small oak barrels improved the wine’s structure, and softened its tannins.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“A vintage of structure, great depth and concentration, Le Volte 2008 is particularly full and opulent. On the nose complex, intense fruit with hints of wild berry and sweet spice. On the palate, ample and dense, with expressive supple and well integrated tannins and a long-lingering, notably vibrant finish with  aromatic fruit notes.”

Axel Heinz

RATINGS

Wine Advocate 89

Wine Spectator 88

Antonio Galloni 89

THE 2008 GROWING SEASON

50% Sangiovese

40% Merlot

10% Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2008 growing season saw a cool, rainy winter, and budbreak occurred in line with past years. Spring was rainy during flowering, which slowed fruit set and reduced the crop per vine. Summer was very hot  without rainfall, until the beginning of September. These conditions proved perfect for an optimal veraison and steady ripening process further improved by cool nights, which encouraged the production of aromatic compounds and colour. North winds in mid-September brought lower temperatures. The cool, breezy days remained sunny, however, and these conditions were particularly positive for late-ripening varieties (e.g. Sangiovese), which were thus able to complete their ripening and accumulate significant levels of polyphenols and aromatic compounds.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

The different varietals were fermented separately in small steel tanks to maintain their varietal characteristics intact. The alcoholic fermentation was followed by malolactic fermentation, again in steel tanks. The wine was then aged for 10 months in barriques ranging from 2-4 years in age, which were on their third cycle, as they had already been used for Masseto and Ornellaia. The time spent in small oak barrels improved the wine’s structure, and softened its tannins.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“A vintage of structure, great depth and concentration, Le Volte 2008 is particularly full and opulent. On the nose complex, intense fruit with hints of wild berry and sweet spice. On the palate, ample and dense, with expressive supple and well integrated tannins and a long-lingering, notably vibrant finish with  aromatic fruit notes.”

Axel Heinz

RATINGS

Wine Advocate 89

Wine Spectator 88

Antonio Galloni 89

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