Fonterutoli Siepi IGT 1997
"It is a monumental Tuscan red to which we have been awarding our top prize since 1993. It's obvious that we like it a lot. The '97, though, is especially convincing. That the year was a very good one goes without saying, but the concentration and the magical blending of the softness of the merlot with the acid spikiness of the sangiovese are just unbelievable." Tre Bichieri - Gambero Rosso
Editorial Reviews for Fonterutoli Siepi IGT
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
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!