WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© with Scott and Paula on The Ranch 09/29/10


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On the show this week we are going to talk about some very special wine.  I had the pleasure of being invited to a very special wine tasting yesterday with a handful of local restaurateurs.  The wine flight of six wines being presented were from Italy, or Tuscany to be slightly more accurate.  We are not talking about Super Tuscan Wines today but about some Super Chianti’s from the very first purveyor of Chianti in the world.  I’m talking today about the Mazzei Winery, their family, and their wine properties in the Chianti Classico Region of Tuscany.  Yesterday’s flight was the Castello Di Fonterutoli label, all Chianti Classico’s from the 2006 Vintage.

Castello Di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2006
Castello Di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2006, the most awarded “Chateau” Chianti Classico in the world

5 VINEYARD SITES, 120 PARCELS, 41 GRAPE TYPES

A “MASTER” BLEND TASTING OF THE 2006 VINTAGE

Central Italy - Tuscany
Central Italy – Tuscany

Tuscany – Territory and Climate: 

  • Between the Appenine mountains and the Mediterranean Sea
  • Mostly hilly, with river plains to the West
  • Hilly soils very poor, plains’ soils more fertile
  • Continental climate, Mediterranean near the sea
  • Warm or hot summer, cold and wet winter
  • Significant vintage variations,  in particular for Sangiovese wines
Tuscany:  the region of Chianti Classico

Tuscany: the region of Chianti Classico

CHIANTI CLASSICO – THE PLACE:

  • Is a “physical” geographical area between Florence and Siena, birthplace of the wine
  • Mostly hillside vineyards
  • Normally poor soil, have lower yields, and produce higher quality than rest of Tuscany
  • Warm summer days = concentrated grapes
  • Cool night breezes = healthier, more fragrant grapes

Tuscany:  the region of Chianti Classico
Tuscany: the region of Chianti Classico

CHIANTI CLASSICO –THE WINE:

  • The official Chianti Classico DOCG blend of grapes:
  • 1.Sangiovese:  min. 80%
  • 2.Trebbiano, Malvasia: max. 6% (only until 2005 vintage, NOT after)
  • 3.Other red grapes: up to 20% Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet, Merlot. 
  • On a “quality” scale:
  • 1.Chianti Classico is the most recognized of all Chianti sub-appellations
  • 2.Riserva: must have min. 2 years of aging

THE MAIN GRAPE OF CHIANTI CLASSICO: SANGIOVESE

Its wines’ portrait:

  • Bright ruby colored, Floral (rose, violet) and fruity (small wild fruits) aromas, Prominent tannins, with relatively high acidity 
  • Taste tannic, dry, sometimes its finish may tend to bitterness 
  • Medium to full body

FIRST KNOWN DOCUMENT MENTIONING “CHIANTI” AS A WINE AND THE MAZZEI FAMILY

  • “On this day, December 16° 1398, 3 florins, 21 soldi and 8 dinars shall be given  by Piero di Tino di Riccio for 6 barrels of Chianti wine. The aformentioned we pay by written letter of Ser Lapo Mazzei”
  • Mazzei
    The first family name in Chianti
FIRST KNOWN DOCUMENT MENTIONING “CHIANTI” AS A WINE AND THE MAZZEI FAMILY

FIRST KNOWN DOCUMENT MENTIONING “CHIANTI” AS A WINE AND THE MAZZEI FAMILY

  • Making wine at Fonterutoli since 1435
Castello di FonterutoliThe most awarded “Chateau” Chianti Classico in the world

Castello di Fonterutoli, the most awarded “Chateau” Chianti Classico in the world

AT THE HEART OF CHIANTI CLASSICO; 3 miles (5 Km.) from Castellina in Chianti

FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1435; 24 generations

A SUBSTANTIAL ESTATE: 1,606 ACRES (600 Ha) of which  289 acres (117 Ha) of vineyards

REALM OF SANGIOVESE:

  • 36 BIOTYPES + a mix of local varieties  (Malvasia Nera and Colorino), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • COMPLEXITY THROUGH DIVERSITY: 5 different “terroirs” with 120 different parcels

Castello di Fonterutoli
Five main vineyard sites on five different “terroirs”….

Castello di FonterutoliFive main vineyard sites on five different “terroirs”….

Castello di Fonterutoli Five main vineyard sites on five different “terroirs”….

DIFFERENTIATED BY:

Altitude:  ranging from 200 mt. to 500 mt.  Exposure: ranging from South-East to West

Castello di Fonterutoli
…. further divided into 120 different parcels ….

EACH PARCEL IDENTIFIES A VERY UNIQUE COMBINATION OF…

Man’s interpretation of  the following factors:

  • Microclimate:  geographic location + altitude + exposure  = temperatures, ventilation, humidity
  • Soil type: composition, texture, depth
  • Grape varieties best adapted to each microclimate and soil

Castello di Fonterutoli
…. grown with 41 different biotypes of grapes….

BIOTYPE REFERS TO BOTH:

Clones:  grapevines descended from and genetically identical to a single common ancestor

Massal selection: vines reproduced with cuttings of plants chosen throughout the estate’s vineyards, showing ideal characteristics : BEST ADAPTED, MOST UNIQUE                    

THEY GROW 36 BIOTYOPES OF SANGIOVESE:

  • It’s an astounding number of different styles of Sangiovese
  • Many of them rarely seen and tasted before
  • It’s the new frontier of Sangiovese

The “terroir” : Located at the estate’s lowest altitude, among a densely forested area, it experiences a very high temperature gradient between day and night – 7-8°C, which CONTRIBUTES BOTH INTENSITY AND ELEGANCE TO THE WINES

Castello di Fonterutoli

Castello di Fonterutoli

5 natural springs in the aging cellars provide climate control for  3000 barrels

5 natural springs in the aging cellars provide climate control for 3000 barrels

Castello di Fonterutoli
The “Master Blend” Tasting

  • Castello di Fonterutoli is the result of a “master” blend where the very best parcels of wine are chosen to compose the most interesting and intriguing wine that each vintage can offer
  • In 2006 wines from 45 different parcels were chosen in representation of all 5 different vineyard sites
  • This tasting offers a glimpse of this incredible creative process by choosing (out of the total of 45) the 5 parcels which best represent the nuances that each of the 5 different vineyard sites contributes to the finished wine
  • Taste them in succession to isolate the final “composition” into its major notes before tasting the last bottle: Castello di Fonterutoli 2006
Castello di FonterutoliSample 1 – Vineyard: Siepi, Parcel: Pian del Melo

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 1 – Vineyard: Siepi, Parcel: Pian del Melo

The “terroir” : Located at the estate’s lowest altitude, among a densely forested area, it experiences a very high temperature gradient between day and night – 7-8°C, which CONTRIBUTES BOTH INTENSITY AND ELEGANCE TO THE WINES

WINE’S MAIN DESCRIPTORS: The combination of high temperature gradient, calcareous soils and clones, produce a wine with FLAVORS OF DARK RIPE FRUITS (PLUM)

Castello di FonterutoliSample 2 – Vineyard:Caggio, Parcel: Pero

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 2 – Vineyard:Caggio, Parcel: Pero

The “terroir” : Located at the heart of the estate, the temperature gradient between day and night is less significant than in the Siepi vineyard.  The parcel’s warmer temperature and the soil’s mainly loamy composition PRODUCE WINES WITH MORE PRONOUNCED TANNINS.

WINE’S MAIN DESCRIPTORS: The parcel’s higher altitude, its loose soil structure, the youth and low density of the vines, combine to produce a wine with MORE HERBACEOUS FLAVORS OF FOREST UNDERBRUSH

Castello di FonterutoliSample 3 – Vineyard: Belvedere, Parcel: Casa

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 3 – Vineyard: Belvedere, Parcel: Casa

The “terroir” : Planted with very high density in a very arid environment, the vineyard benefits from an emergency drip irrigation system which supports the production of   WINES WITH A LEANER BODY BUT OF GREAT ELEGANCE.

WINE’S MAIN DESCRIPTORS: The  parcel’s higher altitude, its “cooler” exposure and arid environment, combined with the extreme competition among the very densely planted vines, produce A WINE RICH WITH FLAVORS OF FRESH SPICE (BLACK PEPPER)

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 4 – Vineyard: Fonterutoli, Parcel: S.Antonio

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 4 – Vineyard: Fonterutoli, Parcel: S.Antonio

The “terroir” : The “warmer” exposure balances out the cooler temperatures due to the high altitude of the vineyard (among the highest in Chianti Classico). Altitude and the vineyard’s highly calcareous soils, yield WINES WITH A FINER AROMATIC PROFILE

WINE’S MAIN DESCRIPTORS: At this high altitude the parcel’s white “Alberese” soil reflect the brighter sunlight onto the grapes, improves the grapes ripening cycle, and together with the clonal selection, produce WINES WITH INTENSE AROMAS OF FRESH RED FRUIT (RED CURRANT)

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 5 – Vineyard: Le Ripe, Parcel: Trebbio

Castello di Fonterutoli Sample 5 – Vineyard: Le Ripe, Parcel: Trebbio

The “terroir” : Under similar conditions as the previous parcel of S. Antonio (high altitude and southern exposure), the presence of “galestro” in the soil, tends to produce FRESHER WINES WITH A MORE PRONOUNCED ACIDITY

WINE’S MAIN DESCRIPTORS: The parcel’s lower temperature entails a longer ripening cycle; under these conditions, the densely planted vines produce the lowest yield of all the parcels tasted so far, and produce A WINE WITH A VERY PRONOUNCED EARTHY AND MUSKY AROMA

Castello di Fonterutoli 2006
The “Master Blend” Tasting

THE FINAL BLEND:

This wine is a stunning composition of strikingly diverse Sangiovese’s notes, some of which are exclusively found on our estate, and have rarely been tasted before.

THE WINE:

Deep and impenetrable ruby red.   Incredibly layered,  it opens up with subtle hints of fresh spices (black pepper) that develop into perfumes of fresh red fruits (red currant), followed by more intense dark ripe fruits (plum).  The symphony of flavors is concluded by notes of forest undergrowth and an earthy, musky finale.

The wine’s different tactile sensations are very harmoniously balanced. Very enjoyable from its release, this wine will continue to develop and refine its character for many years to come.

Castello Di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2006

Castello Di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2006, WineGuyMike " A wine for the Ages"

 This Chianti Classico wine flight receives The WineGuyMike® Seal of Approval.  Salute.

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