Fonterutoli Mazzei Chianti Classico 2015
Wine SpectatorA pure streak of raspberry and peony marks this elegant red, with accents of black pepper, earth, graphite and tobacco. Firm, stretching out on the finish, showing echoes of fruit, earth and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2033.
James SucklingA dense and fruity red with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Hints of walnuts. Full body. Structured. Polished and chewy. Lovely. Very well done. Needs a year or two to open.
DecanterTwenty-five generations of the Mazzei family have owned Castello di Fonterutoli, which comprises 117ha in the southwestern reaches of Chianti Classico. The Gran Selezione is crafted in the cellar, blending 50 different parcels that age in small French barrels. There is no denying this is a lavishly oaked wine, with vanilla and wood spice coating plentiful sweet, ripe brambly fruit. It's not lacking in depth either, and is admirably backed up by Sangiovese's succulent acidity. It will certainly have many fans. Drinking Window 2018-2028.