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Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007Tuscany, Italy

WINE NOTES:

Fonterutoli’s Castello is the reward for years of research into the biotypes of Sangiovese found throughout their estate. Blended from 50 separate parcels of vines aged 10-26 years, on a mix of Galestro and Albarese soils. The wine is aged in French barrique (60% new) for 16 months. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

PRESS:

92 Points — Wine Advocate

The 2007 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli blossoms on the palate with dark red cherries, flowers, spices and subtle French oak. Darker smoke, tar and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding notable richness. A juicy, round finish caps off this magnificent wine from Fonterutoli. In fact, this is one of the most refined vintages of the Castello I can remember tasting. As with so many Tuscan reds in 2007, the wine is delicious today, but will acquire further complexity if cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

Oct 2010

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Wine Of The Week – Argiano Solengo, IGT Rosso Toscana 2007

January 20, 2012 1:11 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

SolengoTuscany, Italy

92 Points, Wine Advocate

The 2007 Solengo is sleek and refined in its blackberries, blueberries, grilled herbs, spices and graphite. The wine reveals gorgeous length and fine balance in a relatively accessible, mid-weight style for this bottling. The 2007 doesn’t appear to have the structure of the 2006 and it should be enjoyed over the next decade, give or take. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. (#188, April 2010)

92 Points, Wine Spectator

Full and velvety, with so much cassis and sweet tobacco on the nose and palate. A little hard on the long finish. But should open with bottle age. To be released spring 2011. Best after 2012. 750 cases made. -JS (Oct 31st 2010)


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Wine Of The Week – Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino 2005 DOCG

February 15, 2011 10:48 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Montalcino 2005Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Region: Tuscany, ITALY

Varietal: 100% Sangiovese

92 points, Wine Advocate

“The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a warm, radiant wine endowed with gorgeous fruit. Red cherries, flowers and minerals come together in this beautifully articulated, soft Brunello. The richness and density of the fruit carry through to a long, caressing finish. In keeping with the nature of the vintage, this is a relatively small scaled, feminine Brunello from Pieri but its graceful balance makes it a wine readers will not want to miss. I tasted the 2002 – from a much weaker vintage – next to the 2005 and it was still very much vibrant and alive. The estate gave the 2005 Brunello four weeks of maceration on the skins. The wine spent a year in equal parts 225-liter barrique and 600-liter demi-muid followed by a second year in 30 and 40-hectoliter casks. Consulting oenologist Fabrizio Moltard describes 2005 as a year with mostly stable temperatures. Expectations were running high until September, when rain became an issue. The fruit was harvested during the first week of October. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.”

Wine Advocate 188, April 2010

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