(From 2012 Vintage) Harvesting took place by hand in 15 kg boxes, and the grapes were graded and selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and after de-stemming, and finally soft-pressed. Each variety and each parcel was vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel, at temperatures of between 26° and 30°C for two weeks followed by maceration for a total of around 10-15 days. Malolactic fermentation was started in stainless steel, and completed after transfer to barrels (25% new and 75% a year old). The wine remained in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellar for a further 15 months. It was assembled after the first 12 months and then reintroduced in the barrels for a further 3 months. After bottling, it was aged for an additional six months prior to release.
This opulent, lavishly fruity Merlot is marked by a tight core of seductive black fruit and intense aromas of spice, herb and toasty oak in a steely tannic structure underscored by a fresh, focused note of acidity.
Robert Parker(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/20/2011
Antonio Galloni(From 2006 Vintage) "The 2006 Le Serre Nuove, the estate's second wine from Ornellaia, will challenge many of the top bottlings in this vintage for years to come. The 2006 is a rich, sumptuous wine bursting with ripe dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, grilled herbs, new leather, minerals and tar. The wine possesses superb density and explosive, utterly irresistible personality. At roughly one-third the price of its big sibling Ornellaia, the 2006 Le Serre Nuove is a must-purchase wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."
Wine Spectator(From 2006 Vintage)
Wine Advocate(From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04
Wine Spectator(From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/02