This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, leather, pink pepper and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant. Cabreo Il Borgo ages for 16-18 months in barrique followed by at least 6 months of aging in bottle.
"Plenty of blackberry and cherry character, with a hint of coffee. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a rich finish. Well-done. Big, rich and racy. Give it time. Best after 2007. 7,500 cases made. –JS
" -Rated 91, Wine Spectator
"Tenute del Cabreo belongs to Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari, formerly active in the family firm of Ruffino but now out on their own. The 2001 Cabreo il Borgo, a Sangiovese with Cabernet, shows a new finesse in the integration of the two grapes with its fragrant and elegant aromas of red currants and black currants, spicy oak, and violets, its ample and polished palate, and the lingering, well-sustained finish. It will drink well for another decade." -Rated 91, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The first aroma off this wine is like a good cigar; it’s pure tobacco with a touch of background plum and berry. Lively, pure and snappy in the mouth, where raspberry, cherry and other red fruits mix with coffee and oak-based toast. Nicely textured for food; a touch zesty and raw by itself. The mix is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet. — M.S. (9/1/2006)
" -Rated 90, Wine Enthusiast