Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2001

$185

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino was one of the most talked about wines of Montalcino when it was first released a few years ago. The black color the wine had in its youth has begun to recede, yet this remains a rich, almost Amarone-like expression of Sangiovese that achieves an incredible level of density and sheer concentration. According to Abbruzzese the early spring hail reduced yields dramatically, which accounts for the wine's super-ripe style. I am not sure if yields alone can produce a wine that is this extreme, my guess is that decisions taken in the cellar had an influence as well. Nevertheless, the simple fact remains that this wine is a freak. There is no other wine in the estate's history - before or after - that even remotely resembles the style of the 2001. This is an outstanding wine, but one that needs to be considered on its own terms. Robert Parker's wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Dark scarlet, opaque. Great nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, an old oak desk, some mocha and a hint of menthol. Silky in the mouth. Sappy fruit. Nice performance tonight.

Dark scarlet, opaque. Great nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, an old oak desk, some mocha and a hint of menthol. Silky in the mouth. Sappy fruit. Nice performance tonight.

9.3

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

treacle, walnut liqueur, dark berry patch on the nose ~ black raspberry, blackberry, mulberry, cassis w dusty mocha & fudge brownie finish ~ slightly hollow in the mid palate

treacle, walnut liqueur, dark berry patch on the nose ~ black raspberry, blackberry, mulberry, cassis w dusty mocha & fudge brownie finish ~ slightly hollow in the mid palate

9.3

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Dark scarlet ruby. Almost opaque. Nice perfume with notes of blackberries, rose petals, hickory and a little menthol. Very big in the mouth. Lots of fruit with plenty of structure to match. Very nice.

Dark scarlet ruby. Almost opaque. Nice perfume with notes of blackberries, rose petals, hickory and a little menthol. Very big in the mouth. Lots of fruit with plenty of structure to match. Very nice.

9.3

Robert McCall Delectable Pro

Oh my!

Oh my!

9.5

James Parker Huston, CWE Delectable Pro

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

A lot of new oak on this monster Sangiovese. Tastes like a Napa Cult Cab to me.

A lot of new oak on this monster Sangiovese. Tastes like a Napa Cult Cab to me.

9.5

Patrick Derdeyn Delectable Pro

Brunello that is right in that prime spot of secondary development and residual fruit. This continued to develop over several hours. Really interesting.

Brunello that is right in that prime spot of secondary development and residual fruit. This continued to develop over several hours. Really interesting.

9.3

John Sweeney Delectable Pro

Absolutely fantastic... Still needs time but very impressed.

Absolutely fantastic... Still needs time but very impressed.

10

Peter Marks Delectable Pro

Master of Wine, Educator Constellation Brands

Perfectly ready to drink. Allspice, dried plums and white ash.

Perfectly ready to drink. Allspice, dried plums and white ash.

9.3

Eric W Brown

Great juice for a cold winter night

Great juice for a cold winter night

9.2

Bruce Evans

Oh my! Love this wine. Super ripe style that is so hedonistic in its Nose, color, sweet dark cherry fruit. Never thought a Sangiovese could be a clone for a Napa cult but here we are/were with the 2001! New world vs Old world going on with this one and New world wins big time with this one!

Oh my! Love this wine. Super ripe style that is so hedonistic in its Nose, color, sweet dark cherry fruit. Never thought a Sangiovese could be a clone for a Napa cult but here we are/were with the 2001! New world vs Old world going on with this one and New world wins big time with this one!

9.8

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