Deep, lush and enchanting for what amounts to a basic Chianti Classico. The nose offers licorice, black plum, wild berry and clove. The palate is equally nice, with cherry, plum and oozing berry all rolled into one. Fine texture; good tannic grip; good balance; just what the doctor ordered. From Mazzei.
Beautiful balance, with ripe black fruit, mineral and a hint of toasty oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, minerally finish. Very refined. Best Castello ever. Best after 2005.
The 2001 Castello di Fonterutoli is intended to be the most representative wine of the house, and its inky ruby color, aromas and flavors of blackberry fruit, leather, and licorice, and tasty mineral notes on a powerful palate unquestionably express the style the house is aiming for. The tannic close indicates that a brief waiting period might be useful, and the wine will drink best from 2007 to 2018. In general, the wines seem as much an expression of the Gironde as of central Tuscany, but they are clearly the result of a scrupulous viticulture and professional winemaking. They will clearly appeal to those looking more for these qualities than for expression of territory and traditions. So be it. (DT)
Mazzei's top Chianti in 2001 reaches for power, saturated with fruit, alcohol, acidity and tannin-unapproachable for now. Scents of mushrooms and cherries lead it off, flavors of fig paste last in the end, but the middle will remain a mystery for some years to come. The estate has produced exceptional wines in the past, and this '01 should take it's place among them.
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