Saturday, March 21, 2009

Castello di Fonterutoli Badiola (2007) Tuscany

An eponymous Super-Tuscan from Castello di Fonterutoli, one of Italy’s top wine producers, operating on an historic property just south of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family since 1435 and is today led by Lapo Mazzei and his sons, Francesco and Filippoa. The Fonterutoli estate (nearly a town) comprises over 1,100 acres, of which 195 acres are devoted to four distinct vineyard sites: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola and Belvedere. The 2007 Badiola is a 75% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot blend from grapes grown in the Badiola and Fonterutoli vineyards. The hand harvested grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and aged in a combination of French and American oak barriques (10% new) for 9 months. The wine is "Smoke on the Water" in color, with a strong dark fruit and cocoa nose. The wine is very soft and plush. Nice fruit. Well balanced with a smooth, pleasing finish. 13.4% alcohol. Cool orange synthetic cork. Perfect for a man-date.

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