2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto - 100 pts - 750ml

2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto - 100 pts - 750ml

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2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto - 100 pts!
Wonderful aromas of blackberries raspberries and fresh tobacco with a hint of exotic fruit. Full-bodied with loads of velvety tannins and a long long finish. Very silky indeed. A gorgeous seductive classy red. A monument to Tuscany. Layers and layers of fruit and tannins. Perhaps the greatest Tuscan red ever. WS 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 non-blind vertical. Best after 2012. 2670 cases made. 97 pts RP In just a few short years the 2001 Masseto has become one of Italy's most collectible wines and this tasting confirmed that it is fully deserving of the accolades it has received. The 2001 is an extraordinary Masseto bursting with layers of vibrant fruit intermingled with finely nuanced suggestions of minerals menthol and eucalyptus. Boasting superb concentration and length on the palate it is a powerful wine that is in need of at least another few years of cellaring. 97/Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. The 100% Merlot Masseto on the other hand has proven to be a wine of greater singularity. Its unique unmistakable personality always comes through especially in a set of widely diverse vintages as this vertical attests. The Masseto vineyard measures roughly 7 hectares. Set on a gently sloping hill the vineyard is divided into three sections which contain different clay-based soil types. The structure of Masseto comes from the central portion of the vineyard (Masseto Centrale) where the terrain is most compact. Towards the upper part of the hillside (Masseto Alto) the soils contain a higher percentage of rocks and thus yield wines that are more aromatic. The lower stretch of the vineyard known as "Masseto Junior" is also the most recent to be planted. According to Raspini the fruit from these vines bridges the qualities of the wines from the central and upper portions of the vineyard and thus serves to give Masseto its finesse and balance. There is also a small amount of fruit that comes from the "Vigna Vecchia" plot which is the source of the Merlot that is used for Ornellaia.Each parcel is harvested and vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration typically last around 25 days give or take depending on the quality of the fruit after which the wines are moved into 100% new French oak barrels for the malolactic fermentations. The wines spend 12 months in oak prior to being assembled after which the final blend spends an additional 12 months in oak prior to being bottled. RP

Product Details

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2001
Rating 100 WS
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location Bolgheri
Producer Ornellaia Tenuta dell
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto - 100 pts! Wonderful aromas of blackberries raspberries and fresh tobacco with a hint of exotic fruit. Full-bodied with loads of velvety tannins and a long long finish. Very silky indeed. A gorgeous seductive classy red. A monument to Tuscany. Layers and layers of fruit and tannins. Perhaps the greatest Tuscan red ever. WS 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 non-blind vertical. Best after 2012. 2670 cases made. 97 pts RP In just a few short years the 2001 Masseto has become one of Italy's most collectible wines and this tasting confirmed that it is fully deserving of the accolades it has received. The 2001 is an extraordinary Masseto bursting with layers of vibrant fruit intermingled with finely nuanced suggestions of minerals menthol and eucalyptus. Boasting superb concentration and length on the palate it is a powerful wine that is in need of at least another few years of cellaring. 97/Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. The 100% Merlot Masseto on the other hand has proven to be a wine of greater singularity. Its unique unmistakable personality always comes through especially in a set of widely diverse vintages as this vertical attests. The Masseto vineyard measures roughly 7 hectares. Set on a gently sloping hill the vineyard is divided into three sections which contain different clay-based soil types. The structure of Masseto comes from the central portion of the vineyard (Masseto Centrale) where the terrain is most compact. Towards the upper part of the hillside (Masseto Alto) the soils contain a higher percentage of rocks and thus yield wines that are more aromatic. The lower stretch of the vineyard known as "Masseto Junior" is also the most recent to be planted. According to Raspini the fruit from these vines bridges the qualities of the wines from the central and upper portions of the vineyard and thus serves to give Masseto its finesse and balance. There is also a small amount of fruit that comes from the "Vigna Vecchia" plot which is the source of the Merlot that is used for Ornellaia.Each parcel is harvested and vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration typically last around 25 days give or take depending on the quality of the fruit after which the wines are moved into 100% new French oak barrels for the malolactic fermentations. The wines spend 12 months in oak prior to being assembled after which the final blend spends an additional 12 months in oak prior to being bottled. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2001
Rating 100 WS
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location Bolgheri
Producer Ornellaia Tenuta dell
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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