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    Sbrocco Sips – 2.10.22

    By Leslie Sbrocco–

    2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, Toscana IGT, Italy $34

    One of Italy’s most famous wines is Ornellaia. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the classic estate in Tuscany. Located in the Bolgheri region on the Tuscan coast, it’s a world-class red with a price tag to match (approximately $250 per bottle).

    But you don’t need to pay a hefty amount to enjoy the essence of the noted estate. You can try Le Volte dell’Ornellaia instead. It’s a fraction of the price of the flagship Ornellaia bottling while still delivering similar complexity and uniqueness. I call it a “twice-the-price” wine as it’s worth double its price.

    The Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese blend is also aged partially in barrels used for Ornellaia imparting a kiss of oak character. The lush yet vibrant red is chock full of dark berry fruit notes with hints of cocoa and herbal aromas. On the palate it’s a full-bodied, sultry red with a velvety texture and long finish. Pick it up for a Valentine night treat or simply enjoy it with a rich roast or hearty pasta dish. Salute!

    Author, speaker, wine consultant, and television host Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food. She has won multiple Emmy Awards for her work on PBS, which includes hosting the series “Check, Please! Bay Area” and “100 Days, Drinks, Dishes & Destinations.”

    Published on February 10, 2022