2011 Chianti Classico


Castello di Fonterutoli, one of Italy's most prestigous 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.  Today, the Fonterutoli property encompasses some 1175 acres, nearly 200 of which acres are devoted to four distinct vineyards.  The Fonterutoli vinyard itself covers 45 acres, 75% of which are planted with Sangiovese grapes and the rest with Merlot.  This Chianti Classico (comprised of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 3% Malvasia Nero and 2% Colorin) underwent temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless-steel tanks and then was aged for 12 months in small French oak barriques (50% new).  The result is a stunning Chianti, ruby red in color with violet nuances, that opens with bright aromas of fresh cherries with notes of thyme and subtle smoke, followed by complex and elegant flavors of ripe red fruits and a pleasant acidity and a lengthy finish.  92 points Vinous / Antonio Galloni; 90 points Wine Spectator.  13.75% ABV; 2.88 g/L RS. SWC

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