2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana
This has an intense nose of brown sugar, porcini mushrooms, dark fruits, tobacco, olives, cigar box... I am running out of words to describe the nose. The palate is full bodied and ultra rich. This is a monumental wine that arouses all your senses. Truly exotic and sensual. Enjoy this for the rest of your life.
*Ranked #6 in Top 100 of 2004* Wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries and fresh tobacco, with a hint of exotic fruit. Fullbodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very silky indeed. A gorgeous, seductive and classy red. A monument to Tuscany. Layers and layers of fruit and tannins. This will live forever. As great as the legendary 1985 Sassicaia, and perhaps the greatest Tuscan red ever. I have tasted this 10 or 15 times in the last two years and it has always been magnificent. Best after 2012.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
There are few places in the world where Merlot grows into a wine with powerful structure, without turning black and super-ripe. Masseto is one of those places, growing a wine in '01 as hard as an iron cage, the fruit within plentifully rich and bright. The tannins have a black plum-skin character and a raspy earth finish; they set off the fruit in raspberry and blueberry relief, and keep it savory. Meant for the cellar, this should age well.