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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
96
V 98
JS 100
WA 97
WS 100
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2030 WA: 2011-2023 WS: 2012+
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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue November 2011
Drink Dates 2011-2023

The 2001 Masseto lives up to its reputation as a modern-day legend. The wine has everything; beautifully delineated aromatics, generous fruit and plenty of structure to support all of the elements. It is a big, massive Masseto endowed with huge fruit and an exotic, powerful personality. An eternal finish rounds things out in style. The 2001 is dazzling from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2023.

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WS 100
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Oct 31, 2004
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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V 98
Source Vinous
Issue Feb 2012

The 2001's reputation as one of the great all-time Massetos was easy to see. The wine boasted superb power, depth and concentration, not to mention superb overall balance.

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JS 100
Source JamesSuckling.com
Issue October 20th, 2014

This is clearly a perfect wine and just now starting to open and show you its sheer beauty. It's balanced with fascinating rosemary and dark fruit character that turns to plums and light chocolate. The undertones on the nose remind me of walking through the Masseto vineyard during a cool summer's morning. It finally softens at the finish and shows a stunning fruit and acid tension. Finally softening and showing it true greatness. Decant four hours before.

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Author Budzo
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 02/25/2015

bright red juicey color, full bodied, big tannin, somewhat tight structure, very concentrated, layered long finish.

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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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