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Tasting Notes for Montevetrano - Montevetrano, 1999:
A 19,000-bottle blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Aglianico produced from extremely small yields, this unfined/unfiltered, elegant yet singular wine boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of blueberry pie, cassis, minerals, and violets. Dense, medium to full-bodied, and harmonious, with a fabulous underlying liquid minerality, it is a distinctive, pure wine to drink now and over the next 15 years.
Proprietor Silvia Imparato and her oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella, continue to fashion one of southern Italy's most distinctive wines. Since the debut vintage in 1994, this offering has been a testament to the conservative viticulture of the proprietor as well as the extraordinary winemaking skills of Cotarella.
Wine Advocate # 137 Oct 2001
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2001-2016
Tasting Notes for Le Serre Nuove - Ornellaia, Tenuta dell', 2006:
It is fascinating to taste the 2006 Le Serre Nuove (magnum), the second wine of Ornellaia, in this setting, as it shows quite well, especially next to some of the Ornellaias from smaller vintages. Le Serre Nuove is naturally made to be more accessible than Ornellaia and contains a higher percentage of Merlot, which gives it a touch more roundness. The fleshy, generous 2006 Le Serre Nuove offers terrific balance in an enveloping, warm expression of this important vintage. I have little doubt that current vintages of Le Serre Nuove are actually better wines than the early vintages of Ornellaia, which highlights how much viticulture and oenology have developed here over the last 20+ years. The 2006 Le Serre Nuove is 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The estate employs shorter fermentation and maceration times lasting 10-15 days and gives the wine 15 months in French oak, 25% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
The Wine Advocate Jan '10.
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2012-2021