04 Mar Please The Palate Wine of the Week: Le Serre Nuove Dell’Ornellaia 2017, Bolgheri, Italy
March is Women’s History Month. It is a time to celebrate the tremendous contributions that women have made throughout history. And what better way that with a wine made by a women. That is why Le Serre Nuove Dell’ Ornellaia 2017, Bolgheri, Italy is the Please The Palate Wine of the Week.
Ornellaia, established by the Antinori family, is one of the most well-known Super Tuscan wines. A Bordeaux-style red wine, it is produced in Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast and retails for over $200 per bottle. But Le Serre Nuove is a second label. It is a blend of 54 percent Merlot, 26 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 percent Cabernet France and 6 percent Petit Verdot and is a more affordable price at a suggested retail price of $82.
The first vintage of Le Serre Nuove was in 1997. Twenty years later, the person overseeing the making of Le Serre Nuove is winemaker Olga Fusari. Olga started as an intern in 2005, officially joined the team in 2008 and was named oenologist in 2016.
The 2017 Le Serre Nuove Dell’ Ornellaia, which was made by winemaker Olga Fusari, is a dark ruby red color. The elegant nose has aromas of red currants and berries, balsamic notes and a touch of tobacco. On the palate the wine is smooth with silky tannins and a long, fresh finish. As vibrant and drinkable as the wine is now, it will be even better with a few more years on it!