Mazzei 1999 Castello Di Fonterutoli Tuscany
The property of the Mazzei family since 1435, Fonterutoli still preserves its original aspect of a tranquil country hamlet. The estate covers a total area of 470 hectares (1,161 acres), 69 hectares of which are devoted to vineyards divided into four separate production zones, Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola, and Belvedere, situated at altitudes ranging from 230 to 500 meters (755-1,640 feet). Exposure is to the south and southwest. From the winery in Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti comes this Estates 1st Wine (Fonterutoli is the Second Wine of the Estate) a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. The harvest is hand picked and aged 18 months in small french oak barrels. The 1999 Vintage is an intense and very concentrated ruby-purple colour with complex notes of elegant fruit aromas along with the vanilla and toasty oak. The power and controlled elegance of Sangiovese is evident in this wine with enviable freshness, natural balance and harmony with a great finish.