Thursday, March 20, 2008

2005 Le Serre Nuove dell' Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso

So my husband and I bought this wine about a month ago, well, on February 21 to be exact, since we were off work and spent the day cruising wine stores that I don't work at. We bought this fine Italian super-Tuscan from a wine store in Tustin or Santa Ana called The Wine Club. The gentleman Jeffrey, who works there, gave us a great tour of the store and recommended this wine, the baby Ornellaia. Admittedly, I have not tasted the Grand Ornellaia, or the original Ornellaia, so I did not know what to expect, except a super Tuscan of some sort. I have tasted a Sassicaia at some point, a bottle that my husband's father gave him, so I did have an idea of what to expect. But yes, I still need more experience in this area, as I need also in Burgundy.

So we opened the wine, decanted it, and served it with a T-bone (Porterhouse) steak, some roasted red potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts with shallots. The wine has a beautiful nose suggestive of an Italian wine, filling the glass with a certain earthiness mixed with red fruits that also reminds me of a great Burgundy, but without any funkiness or barnyard or anything unclean like that. Just a clean, rich nose full of red fruits and clean earth and maybe a hint of olive.

The palate - soft, gently, fruit-forward, silky, smooth - almost too soft and smooth - both Johan and I agreed on this aspect. It was as though we were expecting a little bit more of a grippy structure, but we didn't get it. I plan to do some research (on the internet) on this wine, to see if it is rich in Merlot, because the wine is truly soft and fruity and round, though very enjoyable. On the palate this wine does have that blood-like iron-rich flavor I associate with Sangiovese, so I guess my personal guess with this wine is that it is rich in Sangiovese and Merlot. I would be surprised if it has a lot of Cabernet in it, but then, I could be wrong!

So now I will go look on the world wide web to see just how smart I really am...


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