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2010 Mazzei (Castello di Fonterutoli) Badiola Toscana 750ml

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Deep, inky purple. Intense aromas of dark fruits and cocoa. Soft and smooth on the palate, with flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries; well balanced, with great depth and a long finish.
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2010 Mazzei (Castello di Fonterutoli) Badiola Toscana 750ml

Castello di Fonterutoli, one of Italy's most prestigious wine producers, is situated on a historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti. 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 Filippo. This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while simultaneously implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars.

The spectacular Fonterutoli property today comprises 470 hectares, of which 79 hectares are devoted to four distinct vineyard sites: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola and Belvedere. The Sangiovese grape finds itself particularly at home in these four areas, which are planted at altitudes varying between 750 and 1,640 feet above sea level, at south and southwest exposure. The rocky limestone and sandstone soil structure, high density planting (7,000 plants per hectare) and low yields of less than 40 hectoliters per hectare result in the production of complex, elegant and powerful Sangiovese wines.

Badiola takes its name from the Badia or ancient Romanesque church erected in the medieval times which is located on the property. The image of the Badia can be found on the label.

ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2010 Poggio alla Badiola is a hugely delicious wine for the money. This Sangiovese/Merlot blend boasts gorgeous delineation in its fruit to match its harmonious personality. Crushed flowers, licorice and spices linger on the long, polished finish. Poggio all Badiola is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. This is a solid set of new releases from the Mazzei family and long-time consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini.

WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 92

WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: Black cherry and currant flavors are accented by violet notes in this structured, muscular red. This shows density and grip, as the spice- and mineral-accented finish lingers. Best from 2014 through 2020.


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