2008 Ornellaia - Le Serre Nuove 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2008 Ornellaia - Le Serre Nuove
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Wine Advocate | 93

The 2008 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is drop-dead gorgeous. Mocha, smoke, tar, grilled herbs and black fruit emerge from the glass, followed by a dense core of fruit, all wrapped around a firm, tannic frame. The finish is intense and very much closed in on itself at this stage. Once again, Le Serre Nuove is simply fabulous. Sometimes I think it may be too good, as the rationale for paying the premium for Ornellaia doesn't make any sense at all when the second wine is this outstanding. The 2008 is a Serre Nuove that will need another few years in bottle for the tannins to soften, but its potential seems clear at this stage. It is every bit as impressive as it was when I tasted it for the first time last year.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 191

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Wine Spectator | 91

Offers so much on the nose, with cassis, currant and blueberry aromas. Full-bodied, with juicy, velvety tannins and a very long finish. A lovely combination of ripe fruit and toasty oak.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/20/2014
Quite nice, big sweet aromas of dark cherry and leather. Firm, good weight, and nicely integrated blueberry and sweet fig. Nice finish. Could go for many more years.
Score: 92
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/29/2013
Drink Dates: 2014-2018
Tannins still very present. But you can feel how this is going to be a very good wine. Black fruit jam, some coffee flavor too.
Score: 93
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/03/2011
Drink Dates: 2024
The 2008 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is drop-dead gorgeous. Mocha, smoke, tar, grilled herbs and black fruit emerge from the glass, followed by a dense core of fruit, all wrapped around a firm, tannic frame. The finish is intense and very much closed in on itself at this stage. Once again, Le Serre Nuove is simply fabulous. Sometimes I think it may be too good, as the rationale for paying the premium for Ornellaia doesn't make any sense at all when the second wine is this outstanding. The 2008 is a Serre Nuove that will need another few years in bottle for the tannins to soften, but its potential seems clear at this stage. It is every bit as impressive as it was when I tasted it for the first time last year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
More Vintages and Sizes of Ornellaia - Le Serre Nuove:

2011 (750ml)

About This Producer


A premiere estate located in Tuscany's Bolgheri coast, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia produces the renowned Merlot-based blends Masseto, Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove, and Le Volte. The unique microclimate and combination of clay in the soil eventually proved ideal, epitomized by the 2001 Masseto, which garnered 100 points from the Wine Spectator. The pinnacle achievement at Ornellaia, the Masseto has developed a cult following for its limited allocation.

Ornellaia, a Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend which debuted in 1985, is the estate's signature wine. Le Serre Nuove, which requires less aging and displays a more fruit forward style, is something of a "second wine" and joins Le Volte, a Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot blend, as wines at a younger age.


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