2010 Mazzei (Castello di Fonterutoli) "Badiola" Toscana

SKU #1112671 92 points Wine Spectator

 Black cherry and currant flavors are accented by violet notes in this structured, muscular red. This shows density and grip, as the spice- and mineral-accented finish lingers. Best from 2014 through 2020.  (10/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Poggio alla Badiola is a hugely delicious wine for the money. This Sangiovese/Merlot blend boasts gorgeous delineation in its fruit to match its harmonious personality. Crushed flowers, licorice and spices linger on the long, polished finish. Poggio all Badiola is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. This is a solid set of new releases from the Mazzei family and long-time consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini.

K&L Notes

This super value of a super Tuscan is the little brother of Castello di Fonterutoli's Chianti Classico bottling, but with a blending of 30% Merlot to complement the Sangiovese. The grapes are sourced from vineyards planted in rocky soil of decomposed limestone. The wine is fermented and briefly aged in stainless steel before being transferred to small oak barrels for an addional nine months.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2013 | Send Email
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This a big, muscular wine showing off the size of the 2010 vintage in Tuscany. This comes from the makers of Castello di Fonterutoli in Castellina in Chianti and is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot. The Merlot in this vintage fleshes out the Sangiovese structure and adds mid palate weight while the Sangiovese gives length, balance and freshness. Outstanding wine at the price. The wine has just arrived best in another month and forward.
Drink from 2013 to 2017

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13