Jane Anson 95
Second vintage on the Place for this excellent wine. Clever construction, with fine tannins and a savoury quality to the fruit that makes it so drinkable. Intensely fragrant, wild strawberries, madarin peel, dried roses, smoked earth and underbrush. You could go for this now, but it will also improve with further ageing. Has an unhurried seduction about it, with an inching-forward slate texture that hugs the palate and pulls you along with it. So good. Winemaker Gionata Puglignani, owners Mazzei family. Ageing 18 months in small French oak barrels for the Cabernet Sauvignon, larger sized for the Sangiovese, 70% new, plus three months in concrete tanks before release.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2036
Robert Parker 94
The Mazzei 2020 Concerto di Fonterutoli is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from a cool vineyard site located at 350 meters in elevation. It is surrounded by thick forests on three sides. The role of the forest especially in the hills of Chianti is becoming ever more appreciated as we face hot summers and climate change. This wine remains focused and tight with wild berry, blackcurrant, grilled herb, spice and dark mineral tones. To the palate, there is plenty of sweet fruit followed by nicely integrated, dry tannins.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
The 2020 Concerto di Fonterutoli is bright and punchy, with terrific freshness and tons of nuance. Plum, pomegranate, spice, new leather and blood orange are front and center. The 2020 is a gorgeous wine that captures the essence of the house style beautifully. Today, the purity of the fruit really jumps out of the glass. Superb.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2035