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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 34 
ProducerSiro Pacenti (web)
AppellationBrunello di Montalcino
UPC Code(s)8032973110136

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2019 (based on 41 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 125 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by KVM on 11/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark red. Cassis, raw meat, vanilla nose. Medium body, cherry and oak. Tannin is substantial and acid is noticeable on the finish. Bordelaise in style. I suggest this will go another decade. (1002 views)
 Tasted by Uffo2 on 10/14/2015 & rated 95 points: Two hrs decant. A little brown edge and a smell of old cheese firstly. Then it changed over the following hours and got more modern with blackberries, vanilla and mint. The secondary notes is not that explicit as in other of my 2001's, so I asume this one could last for 10+ years. A pleasure. (1151 views)
 Tasted by drwinenut on 9/12/2015: still very young almost tight. not decanted although might have been a good idea but absolutely delicious! (1138 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Bricking dark red violet color; mature, boysenberry, black cherry, berry compote, vanilla nose; rich, boysenberry, dried cherry, berry compote, blackberry liqueur palate; long finish 93+ points (921 views)
 Tasted by matt5588 on 6/14/2015: Drank my last bottle of 2001 tonight and immediately order 6 bottles of the 2010 for delivery in the fall. This is a very good Brunello with nice tannins, great cherries in the back with mushrooms...good acidity. I met Siro Pacenti in a restaurant in San Angelo en Colle...what a gentleman! (1621 views)
 Tasted by LARich on 5/7/2015 & rated 93 points: Amazing. Will last another 5 years easily (1725 views)
 Tasted by admid on 12/30/2014 & rated 94 points: Amazing wine.
Complexity, great intensity, structured, balanced and very lingering.
Has power for more storage. (2474 views)
 Tasted by Btarzy on 12/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Decanted for 20 minutes before serving. Served on Xmas eve with pork ribs and cornbread (I know this is not a traditional pairing, but my family is in town and I wanted to try this bottle). Wonderful example of an aged Brunelo. Nice cherry flavor with nicely intervoven tannins. Paired surprisingly well with BBQ ribs.

Continue to taste for 2 hours post dinner. Enjoyable even post food, but after about 90 minutes, lost the fruit and became a bit flat. (2111 views)
 Tasted by Sycamore on 12/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Still on the youngish side, and slow to evolve, but pretty fascinating as it does. Surprisingly on the red side of the fruit scale, with good acidity. A little heat on the finish here and there (though none aromatically). Good stuff on the overall. Should be good for at least the next 5-7 years. (2210 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 12/1/2014 & rated 93 points: No decant but I should have. Definitely got better in the glass. (2090 views)
 Tasted by bobwire on 8/17/2014 & rated 95 points: I'm a big Pacenti fan, so my thoughts are somewhat biased. Pacenti still produces Brunello in an old world style. It was smooth,nice fruit, soft tannins, but very structured and .. great with the pasta. This is a wine you don't want to drink to quickly.. its a thoughtful wine.
Enjoy (2701 views)
 Tasted by Thorgal on 5/25/2014 & rated 90 points: I opened this a couple of hours before hand. Poured a finger immediately to see where its at. Immediately some fruit, mainly strawberry on the nose, supple wine, medium to full bodied. Decanted it later, because it remained closed to my nose. Quite a nice wine to pair with my steak, but I do not qualify it a full blown brunello ,especially since this is a renowned producer. Final notes:
In the glass: nice ruby red, turning a little orange
Nose: Strawberrys, a little sour cherry, little raisons.
Mouth: Upon entry, nice balance, acids, some sweetness, again the aroma's but like I said, subdued. Supple, easy to drink, the kind you easily drink a bottle of, no problem, but all is subdued. Ok, for sure its a nice brunello, but to me it lacks the real personality and complexity of a brunello. Either it will come around after some years, but given the smoothness of the tannins and the level of acids, I do not expect it to. I have another bottle left and will try that either next year or 2016. (2306 views)
 Tasted by Cortona5 on 3/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Classic old world style brunello from one of my favorite producers. Big fruit, heavy tannins and at least five years of great drinking for this great vintage (2897 views)
 Tasted by Robert R. on 1/18/2014 & rated 82 points: Decanted 6+ hours. Muted nose. Not much bricking. Good acidity. Tannins still obvious. Dark fruits, but not so much cherry. Long finish. Oak quite visible (too much for my taste). Fairly simple flavor profile and not fully balanced or integrated. On the whole, not bad, but nothing special and a bit disappointing. Would not deliberately seek it out again, but would be curious if it improves with some more age. (2737 views)
 Tasted by Weinlakai on 1/18/2014 flawed bottle: Cork! (3033 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 11/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank this blind at WWS Ned Sangiovese tasting, along with the 2006 and 2010 Pian Dell'Orino Rosso.
The 2001 had a very generous floral nose. Medium garnet color. I found it quite tannic, with lots of sour black cherries on the palate. Very vibrant acidity, very nice earthiness and, though it softened as it sat in the glass, I guessed this to be the 2006 (wrongly) mainly due to its apparent youth. (I should have looked more closely & would've noticed the sediment in the glass as a tip-off). A wonderful wine which was surprisingly youthful. Was voted wine of the night by those in attendance (but not by me).

The 2006 had a far more funky, and interesting nose, was a darker ruby color and showed some bricking at the edges (all of which led me to believe, again wrongly, that this was the 2001). Extremely earthy & herbal, lots of forest floor, mushrooms, and tertiary qualities exuded from the glass. Soft tannins with nicely integrated fruit, long finish with a definite rustic character. I loved this wine.
The 2010 Rosso was easy to ID: very floral nose, with lots of sweet cherries emanating from the glass. A fairly 1-dimensional, straightforward wine that had an oaky, international style. An enjoyable enough bottle but way out of its league in this blind flight. 89 score (2875 views)
 Tasted by FoodieTraveler on 10/30/2013 & rated 94 points: xcellent, long finish, perfect right now (2347 views)
 Tasted by kenthargis on 10/25/2013 & rated 92 points: K loved this wine. I thought it was very good, but perhaps anticipated a bit more. Long finish. Fruit was good, but not astounding. Thought it would be just at the next level. In a good spot and definitley ready to drink. Typically "meaty" flavors I enjoy with brunellos. (2023 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 10/20/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted 3 hours. Not alot of nose but some wonderful fruit. (1774 views)
 Tasted by winelover1808 on 9/1/2013 & rated 92 points: side by side with a 2001 Castelgiocondo brunello. this was the superior wine. bright cherry and red fruit in the SP versus more earth and plum in the Castelgiocondo. but the big difference was the mouthful and finish. this was very smooth, had more acidity but much softer tannins. stylistically different but while we appreciated both for what they were, we preferred this one. (2203 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 7/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Really good Brunello. It was singing with about an hour of air time. (2204 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 5/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Smooth and rich with nice blance and soft smooth finish. Cherry and licorice throughout. (2479 views)
 Tasted by hawkeye54 on 5/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted for two hours and drank over 24 hour period. Initial impression is a muted nose. Palate is not in balance with a terrible aftertaste. After three hours it fleshes out into a nice Brunello. I would agree that it has a little too much oak. Nice wine, nothing special.

Day two: Left in the decanter overnight to see if it would last. Not only did it last, but it improved drastically. It still has a lackluster nose, but the palate has balanced out into something much better. Nice rich fruits, good acidity and fine tannins. Lasts 45-60 seconds.

Overall this wine was good, but not great. Even with the improvement on day two, I would not give this wine a good QPR rating. (2420 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 3/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted for about 1h and slowly drank over the following 3h. Still garnet but it's lightening up, not yet bricking or browning. Not sure what I had in the glass 18 months ago but this is now Brunello from head to toe (well perhaps there is a touch of Merlot..). Initially it even seems like a traditional style as it comes with a lot of earth, some floral notes and (not too much) red fruit. Later the palate changes considerably in the decanter, the wine gains weight and there is increasingly dark fruit, some oak, licquorice, and some dark chocolate. Fine to medium tannins and medium finish. A very nice Brunello which will last for many more years but not really a great one and QPR is just ok. 91-92 (3214 views)
 Tasted by Dulcimara on 3/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Paired with the Fanti San Filippo, this was not my favorite but still showing hints of orange peel and and core fruit this needs some time in the cellar. (2349 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2001 Brunello Vintage (Aug 2006)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2006, IWC Issue #127
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/19/2006)
(Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/28/2015)
(Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, boysenberry, black cherry, berry compote, vanilla nose; rich, boysenberry, dried cherry, berry compote, blackberry liqueur palate; long finish 93+ points  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/19/2006)
(Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino) Lovely raspberry nose with kirsch notes and sandalwood; very tasty, solid, berries, tart cherry and plum palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
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SANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.[16]

Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.


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