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This offers up lovely aromatic complexity with dried and fresh herbs, sweet oak, leather, spicy wood, jammy black currant and a bit of baked plum. ... Read more
Pretty oaky on the nose, rubbery, leathery, though with lovely notes of coriander, plum and herb. Turns bretty fairly quickly though with underlyi... Read more
With it's more opaque color and bronzing rim this even looks different than the preceding wines. opening with an intensely spicy character this ret... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Fonterutoli Siepi
This offers up lovely aromatic complexity with dried and fresh herbs, sweet oak, leather, spicy wood, jammy black currant and a bit of baked plum. It is fresh, bright and complex. A touch soft, perhaps a little dilute and just a little loose on the palate, but still nicely fresh with a little plummy, almost nectarine tinged fruit. The tannins seem a touch dry but remain covered by the fruit which wears coffee, vanilla and spice wood tones. The back end is more fruited and shows a flash of tomato leaf before the wood takes control. 89pts
Pretty oaky on the nose, rubbery, leathery, though with lovely notes of coriander, plum and herb. Turns bretty fairly quickly though with underlying notes of incense, spicy wood, leather and coffee. There’s also a slight musty note which might be a touch of TCA but the poopy bretty covers it well. Soft, rich fruit on entry lends this a slightly sweet impression. With nice tannins and good acid this is a bit compact but fresh and sort of muscular, full of blackberry fruit and a touch of fungi. With air this turns a bit hard with tannins that are a little woody and stiff on the back end, and while there’s a nice bit of sweetness still here, there seems to be more structure than fruit. 88pts
With it's more opaque color and bronzing rim this even looks different than the preceding wines. opening with an intensely spicy character this retains some of the more familiar Sangiovese notes of earth, tobbaco and spice while addin a bit of stewy fruit and cocoa like tones with nuanced black pepper and deep roast meat notes. The wood here is a bit heavy still and comes off as resinous. In the mouth this is easy with soft tannins and ok acids but a touch hollow in the middle. Darker cocoa, earth, plum and vanilla doominate the palate with good intensity, not terribly complex but fun and easy with a clear, crisp finish that continues the cocoa theme and ends on a green melon rind finale. With dinner the nose offers up pruny fruit with great hints of black pepper and dried porcini over a base of roast green tomato/tomatillo, still a bit oaky. In the mouth the wine is big and fudgy, a bit hot and a bit clumsy but like your favorite 5 year old nephew still lovable. The plum and cocoa core of fruit adds an herbal flourish before leading into the shortish finish. A crowd pleaser to be sure but this wine has never been better than it was on release when the Sangiovese and merlot were in harmony. It has turned into a rather decent Italian merlot more than anything. 2008-2012
A little jammy on the nose with blackberry, black currant fruit topped with a bit of bbq sauce, tomato, plum sauce, crystallized spice and burnt sugar. There is a touch of oxidation here along with some herbal nuances adding complexity. Light on entry and fairly elegant with a nice balance of wild berry and plum flavor which fades throughout the evening. There’s still a bit of wood tannin lending this a chewy texture and the oak does pop on the modest finish. A lot going on the nose but the palate is showing signs of falling apart. 88pts
I had this one by myself for an end of summer cellar run that included typical antipasti and a big thick strip steak to end the grilling season with. Needed something big, mature with some spice and acidity and this delivered. The color is very dark, drinking this outside at sundown didn't allow for complete inspection but healthy and dark it was. The nose starts off with lots of leather and spice and the palate is a bit ungenerous straight from the bottle yet the structure is there with balance acidity and resolving soft tannins and a gentle hint of obvious wood on the finish. Develops a bit of an herbal note on the nose with some underlying marzipan and fleshes out in the mouth retaining that slightly raspy sangio acidity I needed for dinner. After about an hour this is absolutely popping with deep mocha topped nose over roasted frutti di bosci. Still some oaken spice adding interest with some fresh almond competing with limestone and floral notes in the mouth and on the finish. This has turned really red fruited on the attack with over-ripe raspberry and plum notes leading to a palate impression that is perfectly mature, with nuanced acidity and tannin adding grab on the fairly long and bright amarena finish. Not supremely complex but not creamy either. Fresh, balanced and delicious with a slight rusticity that adds to the character and depth of the wine.
Lots of vegetal notes, lively and bright, a bit of oak spice. Nice balance and intensity, with an assertive overlay of green vegetal and herb notes of lovely faded cherry fruit. Elegant, open and smooth, nicely resolved and in a very nice place, the Merlot really helps out here, adding softness and roundness to an obviously lean and austere structure. Plum skin, bright fruit. Fun wine, not the most complex, but lovely, showing smoky oak balanced by lovely currant fruit and herbal notes on the moderately long finish. 92pts
very fruity, notes of raspberry/blackberry/and prune. smooth mouth feel.
Very fruity on the nose, but also very peppery. Tannic but with upfront fruit.
Lots of sediment, aroma like worcestershire sauce, chocolate, and chili peppers. Very fruity on the palate, with heavy cherry and strawberry notes, which continue strongly into the finish. Great!
this is a wine for Fonterutoli buffs, a pioneer wine as I call it. As its name suggests inky. its not the standard chianti by any means but a blend. I walked on the Mazzei Fonterutoli lands each morning when I lived in the area and came to know its chalky vineyards well. This is a wine with staying power. vegetal yes, with smokiness a little spice and tobacco and cherry fruit, its a big wine, and Merlot is expressed in its best way here. its a wine to pull out with a steak and with friends who are not new to complex wines.
External Reviews for Fonterutoli Siepi
/ An unprecedented 14 wines from Palm Bay International’s Italian portfolio have been awarded the Tre Bicchieri designation by Gambero Rosso/Slow Food Guide to Italian Wines - Italy’s premier wine review. Tre Bicchieri (“Three Glasses”) is widely regarded as Italy’s highest accolade where its nation’s wines are concerned.
Castello di Fonterutoli, one of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers, is situated on a historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family since 1435 and is today led by Lapo Mazzei and his sons, Francesco and Filippo. This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while simultaneously implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars. The spectacular Fonterutoli property today comprises 470 hectares, of which 79 hectares are devoted to four distinct vineyard sites: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola and Belvedere. The Sangiovese grape finds itself particularly at home in these four areas, which are planted at altitudes varying between 750 and 1,640 feet above sea level, at south and southwest exposure. The rocky limestone and sandstone soil structure, high density planting (7,000 plants per hectare) and low yields of less than 40 hectoliters per hectare result in the production of complex, elegant and powerful Sangiovese wines. Production Area Fonterutoli’s Siepi single vineyard, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany. Located in the township of Castellina in Chianti, on the hillside facing the Val d’Elsa, at an average altitude of 250 meters with southern/southwestern exposure, the vineyards cover a total of 22 hectares, planted with Sangiovese (60%), Merlot and a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is of medium texture and clayey, with a presence of some gray and olive gray calcareous marl and calcareous sandstone. Grape Varieties 50% Merlot, 50% Sangiovese Vinification The grapes are hand harvested between August (Merlot) and September (Sangiovese) and undergo temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 24 to 29 degrees Celsius fro 7 to 14 days with a maceration period of 0 to 10 days at a temperature of 20-24 degrees Celsius. The resulting wine is aged 18 months in new French barriques. The resulting Merlot wine is aged 18 months in new French barriques while the Sangiovese is aged 16 months in new French barriques. The Merlot and Sangiovese are then blended and rest in bottle prior to release. Color Deep ruby red with purple highlights Bouquet Intense aromas of ripe blackberries and dark cherries, accented by notes of mint and wild herbs Taste Highly concentrated, with sweet, dense tannins and a lush, velvety texture; dark berry fruit flavors mingle with notes of toast and spice Alcohol 14.2%
/ There's just something about this 50-50 Sangiovese-Merlot blend that makes it absolutely irresistible. The fullness, the harmony, the intensity of aromas and the long, fruity persistency on the finish work together to produce one of the great modern super Tuscans.
"Siepi" Toscana IGT 2007 - 95 Points & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast/ Siepi is a gorgeous super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Merlot that exhibits richness, intensity and purity. This is a luscious and opulent expression with deep aromas of cherry, blackberry, chocolate, espresso bean and spice. The finish is super long and delicious.
Siepi Toscana 2008 - 93 points, Wine Spectator Insider/ Shades of black fruit — currant, cherry — highlight this dense,concentrated red. This is balanced and lively, with an integrated structure. All the components come together on the long finish.
Siepi 2005 - 92 Points, Wine Spectator/ Shows fantastic aromas of crushed raspberry and flowers, with an olive undertone. Full-bodied, with superrefined, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Caressing and beautiful .
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