2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana

SKU #1010694 100 points James Suckling

 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.  (3/ 2011)

100 points Wine Spectator

 *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.  (10/ 2004)

97 points 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.  (11/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2005)

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 15