Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2005
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Beautiful balance, with ripe black fruit, mineral and a hint of toasty oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, minerally finish. Very refined. Best Castello ever. Best after 2005.
Deep, lush and enchanting for what amount a basic Chianti Classico. The nose offers licorice, black plum, wild berry and clove. The palate is equally nice, with cherry, plum and oozing berry all rolled into one. Fine texture; good tannic grip; good balance; just what the doctor ordered. From Mazzei.
Dark ruby. Much fresher nose than the Badiola, showing intriguing aromas of dark cherry, espresso and smoked meat. Displays a darker fruit quality than many other Chiantis, with prune, coffee and dark tobacco flavors and a pleasantly salty quality. Finishes clean and ripely tannic, showing more oaky torrefaction than the basic bottling as well.
The 2001 Chianti Classico confirms that this vintage will be offering much gratification. A full ruby in color, the wild cherry and black currant nose, lightly oaked, and the fresh, round, vigorous flavors give a wine comfortably above the appellation average. Drink: now-2008.
The 2000 Chianti Classico's deep ruby/purple color is followed by dense, monolithic, ripe, concentrated, chewy fruit that has not yet taken on the secondary nuances found in the 1999 and 1997 Chiantis. The 2000 reveals good sweetness and body, and a long, heady finish. This excellent offering should drink well for 5-8 years.
Very dark, rich and chocolately - and pretty darn oaky, too. But oh, what size and power. The nose is pure hickory smoke, leather and black fruit, while the palate overflows with cassis, black plum and pepper. The mouthfeel is silky yet aggressive, with big tannins and pulsating acids. And the coffee and cacao on the finish go on and on.
The 2000 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli, effectively speaking the Riserva bottling even if the house chooses not to call it such, is darker and blacker in color and with a notably more sizable and expansive nose which features graphite and tar along with its berry fruit. The flavors are solid and well sustained, but the slightly dryish tannins on the close, coupled with a higher than usual acidity, point to the difficulties of the vintage. Drink 2006-2014.
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