Masseto 2009

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

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Tasting Notes

An effusive aroma of ripe black cherry announces the seriousness of this red. It's concentrated and intense, with shadings of plum and spice from the toasty, smoky oak. Though broad-shouldered, there's a sense of harmony, followed by an expansive finish. Just a bit brawny on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.

Score: 93

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2015-2030 31 October 2012

Sexy and muscular. Blackberries, licorice and tar on the nose. Bark, earth, and spice as well. Super subtle. Full-bodied, with super chewy tannins and a wonderful line. So beautiful. Creamy tannins. A baby 2001 but not quite the depth or complexity. Try in 2016.

Score: 95

James Suckling, 09 August 2012

The 2009 Masseto bursts from the glass with dark red berries, blackberries, flowers, licorice and tar. It shows lovely up-front juiciness and expressive inner perfume in a surprisingly accessible style for this wine. Like the Ornellaia, the 2009 Masseto has quite a bit of freshness, although it, too, is medium-bodied in structure. In this vintage the Ornellaia team was especially selective and only used part of the three vineyards that typically go into Masseto. I have been fortunate to taste every vintage of Masseto, most more than once recently. Masseto has a great track record for aging, even in the smallest, least promising of vintages. (94+ Points)

Score: 94

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2014-2029 01 June 2012