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2001 Ornellaia - Masseto Merlot - Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri - Red

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
98
JR 17.5
WA 98
WS 100
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2030 WA: 2006-2025 WS: 2012+
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750ml $1,300.00
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JR 17.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2007-2016

The Merlot-dominated wine from this famous estate. Very deep crimson with some evolution at the rim. Extremely opulent nose - the sort of nose I'd like to have seen on the Pétrus 1998 in this tasting. Minerals and then dark chocolate sweetness on the end. Slightly furry tannins. This could get a bit tiring to drink in quantity, which is why I don't give it a higher mark, but it is super opulent and many palates other than mine would adore it. Rather Californian.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 164
Drink Dates 2006-2025

The massive 2001 Masseto forms with Le Macchiole's Messorio and Tua Rita's Redigaffi a trio of world class Merlots in a ten square mile area where the variety virtually did not exist 15 years ago. The volume, richness, and sumptuousness are almost beyond description, as are the length and density of the flow and finish, but there is an underlying vein of purity and freshness which help maintain an impeccable balance.

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WS 100
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2012+

This is fantastic, showing incredible length and richness. Supersilky and caressing. It's an absolute joy to taste. Full-bodied, with blackberry, light vanilla and a long, long finish. The aftertaste goes on for minutes. This is the best Masseto ever made and a monument to Tuscany. I have tasted it more than 10 times already in the last two years. It's always great.--Masseto vertical. 2,670 cases made.

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Author Front Man
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 06/03/2012

This was an exceptional, unique wine. Intense aromatics of tobacco, exotic red fruits and an unmistakeable minerally soil quality that gave this a true sense of terrior. Also hints of coffee/espresso. Very full-bodied and very elegant at the same time. Lots of tannin but not tight or closed; I get the sense that this will always have some tannin. But a 'juicy' mid-palate gave this a freshness that balanced the tannin very well. Very enjoyable now, but I do think this will improve even more with age. A true drinking experience; I would love to try multiple vintages as I think Masseto's unique personality would come through across many vintages...

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Author Guy Eriksen
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 75%
Tasted On 07/01/2007
Drink Dates 2011-2030

Purchased 1 bottle (5/08) from Suburban Wines in Yorktown Heights, NY; where it was kept in a temperature and humidity controlled vault since importing. The 2001 is considered by most critics to be the greatest vintage ever for this venerable Super-Tuscan wine. Year after year, this wine is selected as a Top 100 Wine (often top 10) by Wine Spectator, and of course did so this year also (in its greatest vintage ever). Comprised of 100% Merlot.. (048900)

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