2001 Fanetti Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fanetti’s 2001 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva is made in a somewhat austere, structured style that seems to be designed for extended cellaring and the development of tertiary notes rather than an overt expression of fruit. It presents tobacco, licorice, cedar and red fruit on a medium-bodied frame with notable detail and nuance in its expression. The raw materials are clearly those of a superb wine, even if the fruit appears somewhat dried out owing to an excessive period of oak aging. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.
The wine is rich and powerful in the mouth, and gives you a feel of density yet isn't burdened with excessive alcohol or tannins. The flavors on your palate bring back memories of autumn afternoons in Tuscany, warm, earthy, fine leather, dried herbs, dried flowers, grilling meat. There is no "dab" of Merlot to sweeten up the flavors, just ripe, plumy Sangiovese. (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)