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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badiola Castello di Fonterutoli Mazzei 2018 (750ML)
94 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The Mazzei 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Fonterutoli Badiòla offers an extra layer of intensity that is delivered over a medium-rich concentration. With fruit sourced from one of the Mazzei family's historic vineyards, this distinctive wine stands apart in the portfolio thanks to its bright cherry and berry aromas as well as the subtle spice, tar and smoke that fill in the back so seamlessly. This wine should easily hold until the 20-year mark.” 04/22
92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badiòla is a bit tight and austere in this vintage. Then again that is the site. Crushed rocks, mint, white flowers and red-toned fruit open over time, but only with great reluctance. The Badiòla is an intriguing wine, to be sure, but it is not especially forthcoming today. Patience is of the essence, as this taut Gran Selezione is going to need at least a few years to unwind." 9/21
94 Points, James Suckling: "Sweet berries on the nose with citrus and cedar undertones . Hints of dried flowers, too. Full-bodied with a tight palate and polished tannins. The wine shows plenty of fruit, cream and cedar undertones. Chewy yet friendly finish. Drink or hold." 08/21
99 Points, Luca Gardini, Gardini Notes: “A true wine gem from the municipality of Radda in Chianti, from Romanesque ‘Pieve’ of Badiòla. Tree Sangiovese biotypes, tree from mass selection, the nose is thick and intense, wild berries, hints of marjoram, eucalyptus and peony on the finish. The mouthfeel is taut and compact, with savoury tannins. Dark small fruits reappearing in the aftertaste.” 4/21