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It Keeps Coming....

January 17, 2008
and coming! The Italian Reds you see....but you can't say I didn't warn you! I've been very interested in the Italian reds since the WBW-Go Native theme, and picking them up in my mixed cases has now become routine.

The wine was a 2005 Le Volte Ornellaia Toscana. I picked it up as a replacement to the David Bruce Petite Sirah that was corked at my WBW blind tasting. It cost $24.99 minus a 10% case discount, had a real cork closure and clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found blackberry, sandalwood, leather, and pepper. I could also smell spice, but the nose was very dark. It also smelled a little syrupy on the nose. In the mouth, the flavors were cherry and blackberry. Those nose was much more complex than the mouth. The wine was bitter, but oddly a little sweet, and quite tannic overall. It was different than any other red I've had and it was lighter in the mouth than I expected.

2 comments:

  1. Joe said...

    love the tour of Italy - keep it coming - I may just open a Negroamaro in your honour. I have had the Volte before - coulda sworn it was cheaper up here - at below $20 it was a nice pour. Cheers!

    1/22/08, 11:42 PM  

  2. Sonadora said...

    It will keep coming Joe, I've got at least 5-6 more posts about Italian reds to do! Below $20 would have been spot on for this one, for this $$ I'm not so sure though.

    1/23/08, 10:13 PM  

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