Mazzei Siepi Fonterutoli 2015 | “A Triumph – 98pts”
Mazzei Siepi Fonterutoli 2015 pours a viscous ruby-purple in color. After opening for a while, plum and cherry fruit race from the glass, with equal measures of sage, rosemary, pipe tobacco, cinnamon, and toast. Bold and expansive on the palate, it seamlessly combines the structure and precision of Sangiovese with the density and richness of Merlot.
While flavors of black cherry, wild herbs, dusty earth, and tobacco show plenty of savory Italian terroir, rounded by modern, polished tannins and a muscular, long finish. Beautifully expressive now, but with plenty of structure to add more complex savory charm over the coming decades. Drink now – 2035.
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98JS | Mazzei Siepi Fonterutoli 2015 offers beautiful aromas of violets, berries, and currants. Dried flowers, too. Full body, intense fruit, and acidity. Vivid and complex. Wild raspberry. Tight and dense. A triumph for Siepi. Half Sangiovese and merlot. Better in 2022 but hard to not drink now.
95WS | This has depth and complexity, featuring black cherry, plum, leather, spice, and mineral flavors. While the dense texture exudes refined tannins as this stays fresh through the long, saturated finish. Fruit, spice, and tobacco elements linger. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,500 cases made.
It’s Mazzei of course! | Depth and Complexity
If ever there was a family synonymous with Italy’s most important wine region, the Mazzei’s are it. And the Siepi is hands down one of Tuscany’s most important wines. This is the family who is credited with the first historic reference to Chianti wine, in 1398.
Plus, they’ve been farming and vinifying grapes at the Castello di Fonterutoli estate since 1435. Lapo Mazzei, the current patriarch, has run the Chianti Classico consortium for more than 20 years.
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So, with only 200 six-packs imported to the U.S., this offer is sure to vanish on contact. Hence, it’s the perfect combination of brains and brawn, structure, and plushness, with an aroma of Mediterranean herbs like sage and rosemary supported by toasted cinnamon and clove. Its palate is bold and expansive.
While that wild Italian terroir, so immediate and savory, permeates heady flavors of black cherry, wild raspberry, pipe tobacco, and dusty earth.
Flagship From the Southernmost Chianti Classico Region
So, the Siepi Toscana comes from a single hilltop vineyard near the castle, in the southernmost reaches of the Chianti Classico region. While the vines of the Siepi farm cover a large area, two small parcels, in particular, known as Hedges, lend this wine its energy and weight.
Notably, Siepi Toscana was first produced in 1992, and the vineyard’s graceful maturation has led the wine to global superstar status. Today it’s the family’s flagship.