Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2006 Siepi is particularly beautiful in this vintage. The wine reveals tons of clarity, depth and precision in its violets, blackberries, minerals and French oak, with remarkable balance in between the fruit, acid and tannins. This full-bodied, vibrant Siepi could use a few years in bottle, but the wineís impeccable balance means it can be enjoyed sooner than that, especially if the bottle is opened well in advance. This is a terrific effort from proprietor Filippo Mazzei, consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini and their team. Siepi is Sangiovese and Merlot that spent 18 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2024. ” (Aug 2009)
Fonterutoliís Siepi single vineyard, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany. Located in the township of Castellina in Chianti, on the hillside facing the Val díElsa, at an average altitude of 250 meters with southern/southwestern exposure, the vineyards cover a total of 22 hectares, planted with Sangiovese (60%), Merlot and a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is of medium texture and clayey, with a presence of some gray and olive gray calcareous marl and calcareous sandstone.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes are hand harvested between August (Merlot) and September (Sangiovese) and undergo temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 24 to 29 degrees Celsius fro 7 to 14 days with a maceration period of 0 to 10 days at a temperature of 20-24 degrees Celsius. The resulting wine is aged 18 months in new French barriques. The resulting wine is aged 16 months in new French barriques. The Merlot and Sangiovese are then blended and rest in bottle prior to release.