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WINE OF WEEK: Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2016, Toscana, Italy

£19.99, Majestic; £20.99–£22.95, Hard to Find Wines, Armit, Caviste, Davy's


This would be a wonderful bottle for the festive table if you're having a bird, meat, game or vegetarian (if fish is on the menu, find something in my Festive White Wine Guide or one of the lighter reds in the Festive Reds Guide). The 2016 vintage in Tuscany's coastal Bolgheri region was excellent, giving this dry red its opulent fruit, silky texture and waves of cassis, blackberry, dried cherry, fruitcake, balsam and cedar.


It's Merlot-dominated with Sangiovese and the Sangiovese grapes are rejects from Ornellaia itself – quite something in a year like 2016. You could drink it any time over the next three years or so and probably longer.


Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2016, Toscana, Italy


£19.99, Majestic; £20.99–£22.95, Hard to Find Wines, Armit Wines, Caviste, Davy's Wine


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