This second label from Bolgheri’s Ornellaia invariably fights well above its weight class. A blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a classic Super Tuscan… without the price tag.
Sultry notes of blackberry sprinkled with black pepper lead the way on a seductive nose. On the palate the surprisingly lithe wine delves in with a scoop of fresh, sweet cherries, topped with some vanilla, fresh-cut thyme, and hints of chocolate. The finish is lightly acidic and woody, a vague earthiness lingering on the palate for a long fade-out. Beautiful (and built for food), it’s an easy selection whenever you see it on a wine list.
A / $25 / ornellaia.com