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Siepi

Toscana IGT

$215.00 USD
Quantity
Siepi
James Suckling
98 Pts
Decanter
98 Pts
Vinous
96 Pts
Jane Anson
96 Pts
Siepi
SiepiToscana IGT
$215.00 USD

"One of the 50 wines that changed Italy wine style" (Gambero Rosso)

Siepi, owned by Mazzei family since 1435, has always been a model farm, still managed today with the same kind of respect. A unique location, a special microclimate, the foresight in the early 1980s to plant Merlot as the ideal grape to complement Sangiovese in a very particular "terroir" produce a wine which is perfectly balanced between elegance, power and complexity.

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot

Alcohol

14.50%

Total acidity

6.20%

Vineyards location

Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.

Soil

Mainly Alberese

Vineyards age

21 - 34 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

4,500 - 6,500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked starting from September 7th (Merlot), from September 21st (Sangiovese)

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C, in stainless steeel tanks

Period of maceration

14 (Merlot), 18 (Sangiovese) days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (70% new): Barriques (Merlot), Tonneaux (Sangiovese)

Finissage

3 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

July 2022

Available on the market

October 2022

Production

29.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt - 18 lt

Cases

6 bottles wooden box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

First vintage

1992

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Monumentally built, crispy notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, with a very long, bright finish

Food pairing

Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses

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Awards

James Suckling

98 Pts

Decanter

96 Pts

Falstaff

98 Pts

Winescritic.com

97 Pts

Jane Anson

97 Pts

Vinous

99 Pts

Wine Advocate

96 Pts

 
Harvest

The winter of 2020 was cold with moderate rainfall. After a cool spring with adequate, well-spaced showers, the wide diurnal temperature range over the long hot summer was sufficient to ensure a smooth and problem-free ripening of the grapes. The process was also helped by rains in June and September which reduced water stress, and by an absence of pests or disease.

A season characterised by average temperatures and well-spaced rainfall gave rise to a highly satisfying harvest of top-quality grapes. With their thick skins and well-ripened phenols, these grapes will produce wines which combine fullness and structure with balance and freshness.

The one less positive note was a lower yield due to a few cold nights in early April which affected bud burst in areas where this took place early.


Beginning of the harvest: September 7th

End of the harvest: October 7th

Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 468 mm

Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3608 °C

Evaluation: Very good

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot

Alcohol

14.69%

Total acidity

5.88%

Vineyards location

Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.

Soil

Mainly Alberese

Vineyards age

21 - 34 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

4,500 - 6,500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked starting from September 18th (Merlot), October 1st (Sangiovese)

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C, in stainless steeel tanks

Period of maceration

14 (Merlot), 18 (Sangiovese) days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (70% new): Barriques (Merlot), Tonneaux (Sangiovese)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

June 2021

Available on the market

October 2021 

Production

35.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt - 18 lt

Cases

6 bottles wooden box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

First vintage

1992

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Monumentally built, crispy notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, with a very long, bright finish

Food pairing

Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses

Awards

Vinous

99 Pts

Falstaff

98 Pts

James Suckling

98 Pts

Winescritic.com

97 Pts

Jane Anson

97 Pts

Livets Goda

97 Pts

Wine Advocate

96 Pts

Wine Spectator

96 Pts

Decanter

96 Pts

I Vini di Veronelli

95 Pts | 3 Gold stars

Bibenda

5 Grapes

AIS Vitae

4 Vines

Gambero Rosso

3 Red Glasses

     
Harvest

The 2019 harvest recalled the great vintages of the 1980s. This was a 'classic' year, with nature and nurture coming together to create something truly exceptional. Winter temperatures were below average and rainfall was low, with unusually warm weather at the end of February. However, stormy squalls through spring and late into summer replenished the water table and made up for the lack of winter rainfall. They also slowed down plant development in the early stages.
The summer was consistently hot, but without extreme temperatures or excessive rainfall. September continued fine, with a significant range in diurnal temperatures.
No pathogens compromised the excellent health of the grapes. Bud fruitfulness was within the norm and the good condition of the foliage showed just how well balanced the plants were in this extremely fine year.
By harvest time the grapes were perfect, thanks to the prevailing climatic conditions and the leaf removal which was carried out in early September. Both these factors contributed to optimal ripening of all grapes across our various production zones.

Beginning of the harvest: September 4th
End of the harvest: October 17th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 590 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3580 °C
Evaluation: Outstanding

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot

Alcohol

14.53%

Total acidity

5.90%

Vineyards location

Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.

Soil

Mainly Alberese

Vineyards age

20 - 33 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

4,500 - 6,500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked starting from August 12th (Merlot), September 22nd (Sangiovese)

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C, in stainless steeel tanks

Period of maceration

14 (Merlot), 18 (Sangiovese) days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (70% new): Barriques (Merlot), Tonneaux (Sangiovese)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

June 2020

Available on the market

October 2020 

Production

38.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt - 18 lt

Cases

6 bottles wooden box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

First vintage

1992

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Monumentally built, crispy notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, with a very long, bright finish

Food pairing

Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses

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Awards

Winescritic.com

97 Pts

James Suckling

97 Pts

Vinous

97 Pts

Falstaff

96 Pts

Wine Advocate

96 | 95 | 94 Pts

Livets Goda

96 Pts

Decanter

95 Pts

Wine Spectator

94 Pts

AIS Vitae

91 Pts | 4 Vines

Bibenda

5 Grapes

   
Harvest

The 2018 vintage was characterised by a dynamic winter, with northern currents in December and February and a mild climate in January, with abundant rainfall, both of snow and rain, which offset the serious water deficit of the previous years. Spring brought about temperatures above the seasonal average together with abundant rainfall. The budding was early but showed no problems.
From 10 June on, temperatures started to rise again and, in the Chianti Classico area, the summer was good with uniform rainfall. July and August were as usual, while September was marked by a series of sunny days with a large temperature range between day and night, which allowed the grapes to reach the correct phenolic and aromatic ripeness. In short, this harvest was very satisfying harvest from a quantitative and, especially, a qualitative point of view.

Beginning of the harvest: September 12th
End of the harvest: October 8th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 491 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3666 °C
Evaluation: Very good

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot

Alcohol

14.20%

Total acidity

6.70%

Vineyards location

Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.

Soil

Mainly Alberese

Vineyards age

19 - 32 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

4,500 - 6,500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked starting from August 31st (Merlot), September 13th (Sangiovese)

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C, in stainless steeel tanks

Period of maceration

14 days (Merlot), 18 days (Sangiovese)

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (70% new): Barriques (Merlot), Tonneaux (Sangiovese)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

June 2019

Available on the market

October 2019 

Production

29.500 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt - 18 lt

Cases

6 bottles wooden box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

First vintage

1992

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Monumentally built, crispy notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, with a very long, bright finish

Food pairing

Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses

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