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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2001
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2001
(search item no. 62865)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep purplish-red but bright and exceptionally concentrated.

Bouquet: Extremely intense and complex with scents of cherries and raspberries accompanied by light toasty and spicy shadings.

Flavor: The impact in the mouth is incisive but soft due to a substantial structure of tannins in which those that are soft and well rounded stand out. Acidity is fused with the wine's body and aids the transmission of pleasant sensations of warmth and strength. The wine features a long finish that is unusual for a regular Chianti Classico.

Conclusions: Those who argue that Chianti Classico is a prickly and rough wine will change their minds after tasting this 1999, which is ready to drink now but will improve for at least five years more.

Alcohol: 13.5% by volume

My Notes:

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About 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.