2010 Mazzei (Castello di Fonterutoli) "Badiola" Toscana
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.
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.
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.