2001 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Masseto
Merlot - 3L
  • WS 100
  • WA 97
  • IWC 91

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WS 100
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2004
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... 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. Best after 2012. 2670 cases made. –JS
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2011
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... 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. Importer: Folio Fine Wine Partners Napa CA; tel. (707) 256-2700
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2003
Saturated purple-black ruby. Complex intense nose of dark fruits pepper and sage. There is uncommon richness on the palate expressive of stewed prunes bitter-sweet chocolate and candied fruit. Somewhat unevolved today... Saturated purple-black ruby. Complex intense nose of dark fruits pepper and sage. There is uncommon richness on the palate expressive of stewed prunes bitter-sweet chocolate and candied fruit. Somewhat unevolved today with palate-gripping tannins and a notable acid presence it finishes very long with a strong dose of minerality. (I should add that a barrel sample of the 2001 Masseto revealed more freshness and sweetness and a greater sense of balance than either of the preceding vintages even though it maintains the typically lush and imposing structure for which this single-vineyard merlot is noted. My preliminary rating for the 2001 was 93+.)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2001

Winery

Ornellaia, Tenuta dell'

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a Bolgheri estate which lies in the heart of Tuscany's coastal region, Maremma, also home to Sassicaia. The estate is one of the icon wineries of Italy, producing some of the finest Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in Tuscany, grown in the alluvial, volcanic, and marine-based soils which comprise the region’s terroir.

Founded by Marchese Lodovico Antinori in 1981, Ornellaia’s first vineyard plantings were in 1982 and the new winery started operations with the 1985 vintage. Robert Mondavi and Marchesi de' Frescobaldi became co-owners of the estate in 2002, but since 2005, the estate has been exclusively owned by Marchesi de' Frescobaldi.

Grapes which are not designated for the winery’s flagship Bordeaux-styled release Ornellaia, one of the first Super Tuscans, are "declassified" to the production of Le Serre Nuove, which usually has more Merlot, and sees less oak influence. The winery produces several other labels, including Le Volte, a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a Sauvignon Blanc, Poggio alla Gazze, and Ornus, a sweet, late harvest wine from Petit Manseng.

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia also owns the Masseto winery and estate, which produces an equally world-renowned and lauded single-vineyard Merlot.