WS 90pts. - Winemaker Notes - The 2005 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia’s strong point is the equilibrium it achieves between bouquet and structure. Its color is bright, and at the same time deep and intense. The younger vines contribute fresh fruit accents to complement the spicy minty notes provided by the more mature vines. A sip stimulates the entire palate, with the ample entrance of the Merlot, which extends, supported by the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and amplified by the freshness of the Petit Verdot's tannins.
Ah, so! No Sangiovese at all. I think we were expecting some. In fact, it is a Bordeaux-style blend predominant in Merlot (which I think I was right about!) Also, young vines. I prefer old-vines.
Given all this, I think for the money I would prefer to spend it on an old-school type of Italian wine, a Barolo, a Brunello, or a Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, or an Aglianico del Vulture, though these might be more expensive than the Le Serre Nuove.
And if I wanted a Bordeaux-style blend, I think I would prefer a Bordeaux.