2015 'Siepi' Castello di Fonterutoli Toscana IGT
“One of the 50 wines that changed Italy’s wine style.” - Gambero Rosso
“Such intense fruit… vivid and complex… a triumph.” - James Suckling
A triumph indeed! And with our discount factored in, we’d call landing a 98-point Tuscan of this caliber an utter conquest of monumental proportions. Now layer on a 40% plus break and it starts to get seriously mental… anyways, read on, or just head over now to grab some before it’s too late.
Castello di Fonterutoli has a rich history making wine in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family since 1435!! That’s 26 generations making wine, and they were one of the first to plant Merlot in the region. This wine combines a 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, sourced from the very best blocks in their vineyard. And remember, 2015 was an EPIC vintage, which makes this one of their best wines in 600 years!!
Fresh, ripe, and structured, a brooding and dark, deep purple-colored wine that’s for sure. The first thing that hits you is the aromas filling the room with ripe dark fruit, orange citrus peel, and exotic wood. Onto the taste… blackberries by the truckload! Fresh red cherries, a twist of vanilla, Christmas spice cake, a dusting of wild herbs, a sprinkle of sweet tobacco, and a whiff of cedarwood. We dare you to find a better wine to pair with your dinner. As one CellarTracker reviewer said, “another lovely bottle that demands food”. Our recommendation? Braised short ribs and exotic mushroom risotto!
A truly prolific red for anyone who loves great Tuscans. For under $1 per point, how can you resist?
98 Points – James Suckling
“Beautiful aromas of violets, berries and currants. Dried flowers, too. Full body, such intense fruit and acidity. Vivid and complex. Wild raspberry. Tight and dense. A triumph for Siepi. Better in 2022 but hard to not drink now.”
95 Points, Highly Recommended – Wine Spectator
“This has depth and complexity, featuring black cherry, plum, leather, spice and mineral flavors. The dense texture exudes refined tannins as this stays fresh through the long, saturated finish. Fruit, spice and tobacco elements linger. 200 cases imported. Best from 2020 through 2035.”
What the Winery Says
- Winemaker / proprietor
- Giovanni Mazzei
- 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
- Castellina, Chianti Classico, Tuscany
- Vineyard age
- 17-30 years
- Mainly Alberese
- Total acidity
- 6.38 g/L
- Planting density
- 4,500-6,500 vines/ha
- First vintage
- 18 months
- 70% new French oak