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2001 CastelGiocondo - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Ripe al Convento)

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 90 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Sangiovese

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SKU: 45399-2001-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Always one of the darker Brunellos, this one is a saturated dark red color with inky highlights but is nonetheless not atypically black or purple. Deep and spicy on the nose, displaying racy aromas of sour red cherry, blackberry and mint; at once concentrated and refined. Big and broad, with highly concentrated flavors of raspberry, licorice and game showing impressive depth and purity. The raspberry element veers toward liqueur-like at the end, but with no loss of cut or clarity. Youthfully aggressive tannins make this a candidate for at least a few years of cellar time.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: June/July 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Aromas of blackberry, licorice and tar. Full-bodied, with silky tannins, great mouthfeel and a caressing finish that's long and exciting. Builds and builds on the palate. Very close to the legendary 1997. 2,200 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ripe al Convento is a richly-flavored, full-bodied offering loaded with dark cherries, vanilla, smoke, cola and sweet toasted oak. It may not be the most complex Brunello out there, but it does offer an attractive, easygoing personality, outstanding length and sweet, silky tannins on the finish.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deep dark cherries all ove the palate but not unctuous. A delicious brunello almost at peak performance.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Great Brunello
    Author: GW
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Needs time
    Author: Ben Y52
  • Self | Rating: 93

    still quite young
    Author: Behruz Nassre

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to ancient vines that grew wild long before modern times. Sangiovese is the variety of the region's best-known wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. In recent years, “Super Tuscans"—blends including non-native Bordeaux varieties—have gained in popularity and acclaim. The region's Mediterranean climate, with its warmer average temperatures, provides ideal conditions for the development of rich, structured, and age-worthy wines. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 526 bottles owned
  • 95 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 95 collectors)