90 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Tenuta Oliveto is a big, brooding wine loaded with tar, scorched earth, smoke, menthol, dark fruit and generous toasted oak. This medium-bodied effort offers outstanding length although it could use a little more polish on the finish. The awkward metallic notes present in the regular bottling are found here as well, although they are less prominent. Made in a fleshy, round style, this is an undeniably pleasing Brunello, even if it is not the last word on subtlety. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017." -Wine Advocate
"The vinification is in Slavonian oak vats with a fermentation temperature maintained below 30 degrees Celsius and from the third day the must temperature is maintained under 27 degrees Celsius. Daily pumpings are first made for the first three days of maceration, and from the fourth day, three delestages a day. The maceration lasts about 18/20 days and the aging is for 30 months in French oak tonneaux of 5hl, after which it is bottled, without filtration, to rest for another 30 months, before being put onto the market. "
"The intense ruby color and the bouquet displays smell of blackberries, a sour black cherry note, and balsamic with notes of mint and sage. Full-bodied and rich on the palate, long matured tannins. The ideal accompaniment is with: game, strong cheese, roast meat." -Winery
This wine scored 88 points from the Wine Spectator.