The Ornellaia 2018 Le Volte dell'Ornellaia is mostly
Merlot, but the rest of the blend is filled out with Sangiovese and Cabernet
Sauvignon. Indeed, dedicating a portion of fruit to an entry-level wine such as
this (with an annual production of some 750,000 bottles) ensures lower yields
and high quality for other wines in the estate portfolio. The vines are planted
at 60 to 80 meters above sea level, and the soils see a mix of deep clay, red
sand and rocks. Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occur in steel
vats, and the wine is aged partly in barrique and a part cement for 10 months.
This vintage is very primary and simple with bright high tones of raspberry and
wild blueberry followed by some almond and toasted nut. The mouthfeel is
compact and direct.