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Single bottle of Red wine Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Le Volte, Toscana IGT, 2016 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & 13% Sangiovese

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia
Le Volte
Toscana IGT

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The producer

Founded in the early 1980s by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia’s Mario Incisa della Roccheta. The first vintage to be released was the 1985. Initially favouring more Merlot (and to a lesser extent Cabernet Franc) it was a charmingly hedonistic and seductive wine, with a unique aromatic intensity, and which easily built its own reputation out of the shadow of Sassicaia.

Today the blend is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese with a soupcon of Petit Verdot, and aged for around 24 months in mainly new French oak barriques. In 2002, Lodovico Antinori sold the estate to Robert Mondavi, who later sold a share to Frescobaldi, who today has full ownership of the property along also with sister property Masseto. Frecobaldi has been fine custodians and the wine’s reputation has only grown over the past twenty years.

The wine

‘Le Volte’ is Ornellaia’s third wine, and today has become a reference for high-quality yet easy-drinking Tuscan wine, in its own right. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, Le Volte is aged partly in small French oak barrels – previously used for ageing Ornellaia – and partly in concrete vats, to give the perfect balance of convivial fruit forward appeal and a touch of complexity.  

Type: Red
Vintage: 2016
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub region: Toscana IGT
Grape: 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & 13% Sangiovese 
Style: Bold and Structured
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14%
Drinking window: 2018 - 2030
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future. 

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