Le Serre Nuove is the second wine of its more famous Tuscan sibling, the Ornellaia. In 2005, the wine is a blend of 35% cabernet sauvignon, 50% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot – Ornellaia’s website proving unusually informative.
There is something mildly sacrilegious about a Bordeaux blend in Italy, but if it works, it works – and in Bolgheri it most certainly does. More generally, if only indigenous varieties are to be smiled upon, or to be somehow identified as the “one true” expression of terroir, then quite a few wine producing nations and producers would be starting from an incontestable position. Perhaps though that’s the point?
In the glass, the 2005 vintage of Le Serre Nuove presents very well, although it appears to have already reached its optimum drinking window. Its aromatics remind of coffee, tea bags, mulched leaves and blackcurrant. These aromatics also grace the palate, which is otherwise a balanced affair, finishing with towards long length. Overall, a delicious wine.