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Starts out with pure cherry and raspberry flavors, picking up tobacco and spice notes as the firm, vivid structure emerges. Exhibits fine length, but should be better in a year or two

Wine Spectator
October 31, 2015

An essence of sweet cherry grounds the surrounding flavors of leather, iron, spice and tobacco in this firm red, which remains vibrant and refined. Bracing acidity and dense, muscular tannins play out on the long finish. Drink now through 2028. 

Wine Spectator
September 30, 2017

You'll find aromas of French oak, blackberry, exotic spice, menthol and a whiff of crushed violet on this glossy red. The palate shows both structure and finesse, offering juicy black cherry, vanilla, licorice and mocha framed in fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2020.

Wine Enthusiast
June 2016

Aromas of dried berry, chocolate and hazelnut follow through to a medium body, solid core of fruit and a fresh finish. Big and juicy. Drink now.

The 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello Fonterutoli is a bit tighter compared to the very generous and forthcoming 2011 vintage. The wine is also slightly thinner in the mouth with pointed aromas of bright cherry, dried blackberry, spice, toasted almond and pressed rose petal. This Gran Selezione reveals bright lines and crisp acidity with a attractive sharpness and focus. This wine will no doubt flesh out further as it spends more time aging in the bottle.

Wine Advocate
October 2015

Brimming with gorgeous intensity and richness, the 2011 Siepi is a hugely hedonistic and fruit-forward expression. The blend is Sangiovese and Merlot, and although you can taste some of the overt ripeness and power of the French grape, the Sangiovese side kicks in with pretty freshness and elegance. Dark cherry, tobacco and chocolate are delivered in thick waves over the palate. This Siepi is ready to drink now, or you can cellar it.

Wine Advocate
October 2014

The 2011 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello Fonterutoli is a standout wine and I prefer it to the 2012 vintage and the 2010 vintage (that I reviewed twice over the course of a year with divergent scores). Of these wines, this vintage offers the broadest sense of intensity and generosity. The wine is also distinguished by dark fruit and spice that stand tall with clear identities. The best fruit from the estate's various vineyard sites are selected for this wine. This careful selection process makes it possible to dedicate the best fruit to a wine like this despite varying vintage conditions.

Wine Advocate
October 2015

Aromas of roasted coffee bean, toast, oak-driven spice, ripe berry and scorched earth lead the nose. The firm palate offers black cherry extract, espresso, licorice, oak and coconut alongside assertive, grippy tannins. Still oak driven and tightly tannic, give this a few years to fully develop but then drink to capture the remaining fruit richness. Drink 2017-2021.

Wine Enthusiast
September 2015

There's a sweetness to this red, with flavors of black cherry, cedar and incense joined by a hint of chocolate. Supple, with underlying tannins and a long finish. A modern style. Best from 2013 through 2020.

Wine Spectator
October 2012

Notes of high-toned cherry, raspberry, graphite and sweet sawdust mark this sinewy red. Medium-bodied, turning graceful on the finish. Well-structured and long, with a spicy finish.

Wine Spectator
January 29, 2014

High-toned cherry, raspberry, graphite and sweet sawdust notes mark this sinewy, medium-bodied red, turning graceful on the finish. Well-structured and long, with a spicy finish.

Wine Spectator
April 30, 2014

Dense and dark, this modern take on Chianti Classico sees 20 months in barriques, which contribute to loads of oak spice aromas with a hint of dill. Those notes surround a core of dark berry and cherry flavors, while supple tannins polish the finish, leaving a clean and warm impression.

Wines & Spirits
April 2015

A taut, well-toned red, laced with cherry and raspberry flavors and married to a firm structure. Rich and complex, yet open in texture, ending on a cedary note.

Wine Spectator
October 31, 2012

Offers a beautiful center palate of ripe berry and spice fruit, with a hint of vanilla bean. Full-bodied and round. Complex and layered.

Wine Spectator
October 31, 2010

A wonderful oak-aged Sangiovese from an exceptional vintage, this lush Chianti Classico offers top notch intensity and complexity. There?s purity too especially in the wine?s aromas of cherry, chocolate and vanilla spice.

Wine Enthusiast
April 2011
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