"The 2000 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Asinone is from a saddle-back hillside vineyard to the west of the city. It is unquestionably a top source of superior Sangiovese. Darker, more ruby and blacker in tonality than the regular bottling, warm and ripe in aroma with berries, vanilla, and cinnamon front and center, its flavors are long and focused. The continuity of flow across the palate is impressive, the density level high, and the force and elegance in excellent balance. The suppleness suggests a readiness which could well be deceptive. The wine will still be drinking well between 2012 and 2014."