Tuscany, $79 (375ml), cork seal
I'm loving the well priced half bottle for a little weeknight tipple. This Chianti Classico comes from the Mazzei owned Castello di Fonterutoli and has been in their family for nearly six hundred years. The wine is predominately Sangiovese with 5% Malvasia Nera, 5% Colorino and 5% Merlot thrown into the mix.
This smells seriously seductive: it's perfumed and exotic and all floral and spicy. There are also attractive hints of cherry, boyensberry and charcuterie. The palate is riding the black cherry train with plenty of delicious fruit, but also a lovely savouriness that echoes dried oregano. This is a pretty smartly put together with plenty of good, grippy tannin that is balanced by crisp acidity; it's persistent as well. I like Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007; it's one sexy little wine.
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