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Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 1999

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

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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Castello di Fonterutoli:
Fonterutoli is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills facing the Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, it still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village: a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the villa, built at the end of the 1500s where the medieval castle once stood. On the main sq... Read more
Fonterutoli is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills facing the Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, it still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village: a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the villa, built at the end of the 1500s where the medieval castle once stood. On the main square next to the ancient church is the family villa, surrounded by the charming village apartments and suites managed as luxury b&b that can be rented individually or as a single unit. Read less

External Reviews for Fonterutoli Chianti Classico

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright blackberry, mineral and lilac aromas. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long, long finish. Very well-crafted CC. Drink now through 2003.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


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