Marchesi Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2006
By Wine Enthusiast
Mazzei 2006 Castello di Fonterutoli Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)
Designation: Castello di Fonterutoli
Appellation: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Palm Bay International
To Web: 4/1/2011
Castello di Fonterutoli consistently offers one of the best Chianti Classicos you can buy. What distinguishes this estate's style is the soft richness and the smooth cherry and chocolate finish. (4/1/2011) -92
By Wine Spectator
FONTERUTOLI Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli 2006
Release Price: $65
Issue: Oct 15, 2009
Powerful aromas of blueberry pie and black licorice follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and lots of fruit. Long and structured. Still a little tight. Best after 2010. 6,500 cases made. -JS
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2006 Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico
Castello di Fonterutoli
A Sangiovese Dry Red Table wine from
Castellina in Chianti, Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Source: Wine Advocate #184Aug 2009
Reviewer: Antonio Galloni
Maturity: Drink: 2011-2018
The 2006 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli is Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French oak. It is a dark, structured wine packed with considerable heft in its dark fruit, herbs, scorched earth, minerals and sweet spices. This powerful Chianti Classico needs time in bottle, as the tannins are rather imposing at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018. Fonterutoli is an excellent source for bold, fruit-driven wines from Tuscany. Importer: Palm Bay International, Boca Raton, FL; tel. (561) 362-9642
By International Wine Review
Castello di Fonterutoli 2006 Chianti Classico
Producer: Castello di Fonterutoli
Report: Report 15: The Wines of Chianti Classico
Dark cherry, earth, violets, garrique and a touch of tar show on this nose. The palate is soft and lush with sweet, black fruit, loam, and milk chocolate flavors. The finish is medium-long with firm tannins.
Castello di Fonterutoli 2006
Made with different Sangiovese clones with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, this is the “Chateau” wine, the maximum expression of the very best vineyards. Elegance and strength perfectly blended, a wine with top-notch bloodlines.
Appellation: Chianti Classico Docg
Winery Location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.00% vol.
Total Acidity: 5,55%
Bottling: July 2008
Refining in Bottle: 8 months
Available on the Market: April 2009
Production: 80,000 bottles
Formats: 375.00 ml - 750.00 ml - 1.50 l - 3.0 l
First Vintage: 1995
Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft.) a.s.l.; south - southwestern exposure Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.) a.s.l.; southeastern-southwestern exposure
Vineyards Age: 12-25 years
Training System: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of Vines per Hectare: 4,500-7,600
Harvest: Hand picked from September 22nd (Sangiovese), and from September 14th (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Fermentation Temperature: 28-30° C
Period of Maceration: 15-18 days
Sangiovese: 16 months in small French oak barrels (225 l / 70% new) Cabernet Sauvignon: 18 months in small French oak barrels (225 l / 70% new).
By Palm Bay International
Castello di Fonterutoli
CASTELLO DI FONTERUTOLI, source of some of Italy's most prestigious wines, is an historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family - devoted to winemaking for 24 generations - 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. An exciting example of this dedication to quality is the in-progress construction of a stunning new cellar that operates via gravity and clean energy, and has already been defined as “the most impressive in the entire Chianti region” by Steven Spurrier of Decanter magazine.
The spectacular Fonterutoli hamlet - which includes a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the 16th century family villa - 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.
Castello di Fonterutoli is considered by many to be the definitive wine producer in the Chianti Classico region, and indeed one of the most prestigious in all Italy. The family produces highly sought-after, critically acclaimed wines from their estate vineyards, each an exclusive and elegant expression of its terroir, including Siepi - the iconic single vineyard Merlot-Sangiovese Super Tuscan blend.
Located just 30 miles south of Florence and less than 8 miles north of Siena, Fonterutoli is the perfect choice for a day visit or a longer, relaxing vacation retreat. Just off the hamlet's main square, a handful of charming guest accommodations are available for rental; each is furnished in elegant Tuscan country style, and adorned with pieces from the family's personal collection of paintings and antiques. Guests can stroll the cobbled streets and soak in the extraordinary landscape of this quaint village set against a backdrop of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. Exquisite dining at Osteria di Fonterutoli enables guests to experience the finest in Tuscan cuisine made from fresh local ingredients while overlooking the vineyards. At Enoteca di Fonterutoli, guided tours of the estate and tastings are available by appointment.