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Masseto  (Slightly Faded Label)
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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto, Toscana IGT - Masseto (Slightly Faded Label) 2001

Italy
Red Wine from Tuscany · Italy
£1,100.00 £800.00
Case Rate: £800.00
Ex Tax: £666.67
Country:
Wine Region: Tuscany
Wine Area: Bolgheri, IGT Toscana
Winery: Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto, Toscana IGT
Wine Maker: Thomas Duroux’s
Grape: Merlot
Grape Percentage: 100% Merlot
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2033
Limited Stock: (1 btls)
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Rating 98 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Tuscany
Wine Area: Bolgheri, IGT Toscana
Winery: Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto, Toscana IGT
Wine Maker: Thomas Duroux’s
Grape: Merlot
Grape Percentage: 100% Merlot
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2033

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2001) - 98 pts

The massive 2001 Masseto forms with Le Macchiole’s Messorio and Tua Rita’s Redigaffi a trio of world class Merlots in a ten square mile area where the variety virtually did not exist 15 years ago. The volume, richness, and sumptuousness are almost beyond description, as are the length and density of the flow and finish, but there is an underlying vein of purity and freshness which help maintain an impeccable balance. Drink: 2006-2025.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2001) - 98 pts

The 2001 Masseto is one of the all-time great wines here. Vertical and soaring in its intensity, the 2001 occupies all dimensions, especially texturally, where it is so rich, so heady and so compelling. Next to other wines, or other vintages, the 2001 just has more of everything. I imagine well-stored bottles will drink well for another 15-20 years. The 2001’s reputation as an iconic wine is clearly justified. This magical vintage was marked by cooling temperatures in September that resulted in a drawn out harvest that took four weeks to complete. Note: The bottle in the Nashville tasting was not perfect, so this note corresponds to a more recent and more representative example. I have seen more bottle variation with the 2001 than other vintages. 2018-2033 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2020


JancisRobinson.com (2001) - 18.5 pts

A landmark vintage that put Ornellaia on the trophy wine map. Thomas Duroux’s first (of three) vintages. Picked by hand and transported in small 15-kg boxes. Once in the cellar, the grapes were sorted by hand before undergoing destemming and gentle pressing. Fermentation took place in 65-hl and 125-hl wooden casks. Average temperature during fermentation was 27–30 °C. Malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques, and aged for 24 months at a controlled temperature. After bottling, the wine remained in the cellars for another 12 months before release. Rich yet fresh. Fully evolved and lovely balance; long. Great undertow. Sweet and inky with a light gamey note. Racy and vivacious. Very dramatic without being too opulent. Just not hot on the end. Axel Heinz sees it as a cross between Châteauneuf and Pomerol.


James Suckling (2001) - 100 pts

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.