“A blend of assyrtiko with ten percent each athiri and aidani, picked ripe, sun-dried and aged in barrel for 12 years, this was bottled in 2013. It’s as creamy and dense as a warm salted caramel, with a similarly luxurious texture, and it’s packed with flavor, from fresh apricot to notes of burnt orange, cinnamon, leather and citrus zest that take the edge off the sweetness. Heady and concentrated, this will age well for decades.”
“Hot stones, tile, rust, lead pencil, granite, blackcurrant compote and dried lavender. Full body, such tension and still firm, structured tannins that evince incredible savoriness and vitality. A wine that combines freshness with ripeness and opulence. A blend of 80% merlot/carmenere and 20% cabernet sauvignon.”
“The 2001 Vinsanto 12 Years Barrel Aged is a blend of 80% Assyrtiko and 10% each of Athiri and Aidani. Sun-dried grapes are aged in French oak for 12 years. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol and 240 grams per liter of residual sugar. This takes the 2009 ‘4-Year’ this issue and substitutes a lot of complexity for the unctuous and exuberant fruit of the relative youngster, plus there's more concentration as well. Here, the acidity is also a little more obvious at first, but the first thing you'll notice up front is the change in the flavor profile—the flavors lean more to darker chocolate (with a frosted, sugary overlay) than apricots. We're not quite yet at full-on molasses nuance (that will be the ‘20 Year’), but we're getting there.
For all of its brilliance in so many areas, the juicy finish is what makes this special. As always with fine Vinsanto, the big hit of sugar is easily matched by a big hit of acidity. The tense and intense finish goes on for a very long time and grabs the palate in an iron grip as this airs and warms. You'll like the gripping finish, because every second it lasts, this is simply delicious. It was even more impressive the next day, by the way, and even more so on the third day tasted. In truth, it took a couple of days to open up. At that point, the finish was simply on another level, the one where special wines reside. Dive in now or hold it. Barring cork failures, it will age effortlessly.”
“The 2001 Corton Grand Cru from Domaine Tollot-Beaut is drinking beautifully, revealing a vibrant ruby-garnet hue and a sweet bouquet of dried cherry, loamy soil, spice and undergrowth. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and deep at the core, with real concentration and grand cru dimension, and a long, sapid finish. At almost seventeen years of age, this wine is a persuasive argument for looking more closely at this historic domaine in Chorey-lès-Beaune.”
Catena Zapata - Vinous
Fresh dark red. Captivating, nuanced nose combines redcurrant, game, truffle, spices and tobacco, plus a subtle suggestion of chocolate. Plush, tactile and round but with no impression of weightiness, this broad wine spreads out impressively to saturate the mouth, with harmonious acidity contributing to its elegance. Finishes spicy and very long, with excellent penetration for its age. This wine reminded me of a 2001 claret or a 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet; it would be great fun to compare these wines in a blind tasting. A beauty. Features an unusually high percentage of Malbec as harvest conditions were generally favorable for this variety; rains in late March made picking Cabernet Sauvignon an adventure.
Dark ruby-red. Deep aromas and flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, red plums, flint, cedar, cinnamon and nutmeg are refreshed by a hint of lemon peel. Densely packed and tightly coiled, but with a sweetness of fruit that's lifted and focused by the wine's harmonious acidity. No shortage of texture here; this is one of the more powerful and darker fruit versions of Turriga ever. Long and multilayered on the finish, this is still very young.
“Fresh and juicy, with a laser beam of acidity nicely framing the sour cherry, stone fruit, licorice and mineral aromas and flavors. The 2001 is a stellar vintage for Barbaresco and Barolo, so here’s a chance to taste history.”
“Golden yellow. Lovely herbal aromas of honeydew melon, brioche and cinnamon slowly unfold on the still youthful nose. Unctuous and deep, with spicy flavors of yellow plum and woodsmoke, the 2001 Hochrain has aged gracefully. While it's now supple and gently sweet on the palate, nuances of white pepper and tarragon still provide lift. Often the most elegant of the Pichler’s sites, Hochrain lives up to its reputation here, finishing long, warm and nicely balanced.”
“A big, juicy red with plum, licorice and stone character. Full body, round, chewy tannins and a clean finish. Long and pretty. Just right now.”
Catena Zapata - Jamessuckling.com
“This wine shows so much richness and dried fruits with hints of citrus. Full body with round tannins and a dried-fruit finish. Half cabernet sauvignon and half malbec.”