2016 Mazzei Siepi Castello di Fonterutoli Super Tuscan

  • One of the oldest, most famous vineyard in Italy
  • Unanimous Critical Reception 95-98pts
  • 97pt, Vintage
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About the Wine

Described by the Gambero Rosso as, "One of the 50 wines that changed Italy wine style", Siepi has been owned by Mazzei family since 1435. It is a model farm with a unique location and a special microclimate, located at 800 feet above the Tuscan valley. With the foresight to plant Merlot in the early 1980s as the ideal grape to complement Sangiovese in a very particular "terroir", the wine represents a perfect balance between elegance, power and complexity.

Monumentally built, the wine exhibits crisp notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, and with a very long, bright finish.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot. 70% new French oak for 18 months.

Reviews

What a beautiful nose of elderberries, freshly picked blackcurrants, citrus, herbs, licorice and crushed stones, amidst a backdrop of coffee beans, cedar and vanilla. Full-bodied and very subtle and refined with tightly wound tannins and an impressive balance of fruit and acidity. Long, grainy and elegant on the finish. A masterpiece. Drink in 2020. ~98JS

A blend of Merlot and Sangiovese in equal parts, the 2016 Siepi is a luscious and soft wine that oozes forth with dark berry intensity. The fruit is compact and dense. This wine performs beautifully in terms of aromas, but the mouthfeel is especially fine-tuned and elegant in this classic vintage. Dark fruit is followed by spice, tar, rose bud and sharp mineral nuances that recall the gravel and limestone-rich soils of Chianti Classico. This is perhaps the best vintage of Siepi I have tasted thus far. ~96 WA

The 2016 Siepi, the estate's Sangiovese/Merlot blend, is a big, rich wine. In 2016, the Merlot is especially prominent. Black cherry jam, torrefaction, spice, leather, menthol and new French oak are all pushed forward. Time in the glass brings out a good bit of aromatic freshness to balance things out. Readers should expect a potent, seriously concentrated wine. ~95VM

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