I don’t know why the people at Ermenegildo Zegna on Newbury Street in Boston were willing to let us wander around their shop with red wine, but I’m very glad they did. There I tasted the spectacular Ornellaia 1988, an incredibly full, lively and young Super-Tuscan. The guys from the winery recall that this was the first year they produced wine from their newly-planted vineyards in Bolgheri. They are both mystified and grateful, giving Nature full credit for this wonderful wine.
Next up? A special anniversary bottle design for the 2005 Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC Superiore – a big wine that may rival the ’88; when it’s released in June, plan to buy enough to last for the next 20 years.