The 2001 Tignanello is an object lesson in how to make Cabernet work with Sangiovese, the two varieties balancing and enhancing one another in admirable symbiosis. (The percentage of Cabernet, in fact, was reduced from the previous 20% to 15% in this vintage, an important sign - I hope - of how the wind is blowing.) A blackish ruby, its perfectly focused plum and cassis fruit, given an additional complexity by notes of sweet herbs and saddle leather, is fully and completely shaped in flavors of impeccable volume, roundness, and depth, caressing and powerful and with an additional power on the close which promises another 15 years of gratifying drinking. (DT)
One of Italy's most recognized labels, this blockbuster 85-10-5% Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend evolves slowly and seductively under your nose to reveal blackberry, black cherry, graphite notes, well-integrated vanilla. The mouthfeel is lush and concentrated with silky smooth tannins and a long finish that revisits those gorgeous tobacco, berry and dusty notes.
In 2001 Tignanello captures a super-concentrated and dense expression of fruit that has been achieved with some loss of aromatic complexity and overall finesse. This is a super-ripe style with tons of dark fruit, smoke and toasted oak in a heavily extracted style that veers on excess. There is remarkable power here, but not the level of balance that is typical of the very finest vintages. (AG)
A great vintage of Tignanello, this packs a range of sotto bosco flavors (traditional for the northern part of the Classico zone) in a relaxed, modern elegance. The flavors of woodland berries and sweet black cherries meld with foresty herb and tobacco tones - 15% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% is Cabernet Franc. The combination of Sangiovese and oak feels as rich as the smoke off a Sobranie. An unbeatable seal-a-deal-with-a-steak wine.
Loads of blackberry, coffee and olive aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, subtle yet rich finish. A fine Tignanello that shows reserve and class. (JS)
Besides a slightly higher percentage of Sangiovese in this vintage, the presence of wood is also more pronounced, with vanilla and sweet spice aromas evident on the nose. Appealing notes of dried plum and tobacco appear on the palate. There is a creaminess to the fruit that is not evident in other vintages, although the tannins are thickset and fairly coarse in nature. (MM)
Very dark purple with an opulent nose. Even lusher than the Badia a Passignano 2001. Like super-ripe claret. Sweet and succulent with excellent balance. Dense and flattering. (JR) 18/20 points
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