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Fonterutoli Siepi 2008

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"Lovely aromas of currants and blueberries, with cream and vanilla undertones. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a milk chocolate, currant jam aftertaste. Lots going on. Classy bottle as always. Best after 2014...93" JS 9/11

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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
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External Reviews for Fonterutoli Siepi

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

"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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/07/2011

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%


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/01/2013

Siepi 2008/


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ 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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ 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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

"Siepi" Toscana IGT 2006 - Tre Bicchieri, Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines/ ... The wine, from a six-hectare vineyard selection, is a half sangiovese-half merlot blend. The nose tempts with black berry fruit enriched with chocolate and vanilla notes before the palate unveils its essential concentration in dense flavours that can only improve with the passage of time.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

"Siepi" Toscana IGT 2006 - 91 Points, International Wine Cellar/ Dark red with a paler rim. Musky aromas of earth, underbrush and tobacco, with livelier redcurrant and blueberry aromas emerging with air. The densely textured palate shows more red fruits than black, with complicating hints of cigar box and balsamic vinegar. The wine's seamless tannins contribute to a surprisingly forward impression considering its youth, but this is a very impressive mouthfeel that offers the advantage of early accessibility.


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"Lovely aromas of currants and blueberries, with cream and vanilla undertones. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a milk chocolate, currant jam aftertaste. Lots going on. Classy bottle as always. Best after 2014...93" JS 9/11

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.90%

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