Fontodi, Toscana IGT Flaccianello, 2017

$161.99
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A selection of the best grapes from Fontodi's highest altitude parcels in Panzano's Conca d'Oro.  Macerated cherry and blackberry compote are nuanced by dried thyme and grilled fennel. New wood adds hints of vanilla and spice box. The palate is robust and firm, though the tannins are refined and tangy acidity brightens the whole. An excellent showing from this challenging year. - Michaela Morris, Decanter

Fontodi is one of Chianti Classico's great names, and Giovanni Manetti one of its living legends. Flaccianello and Vigna del Sorbo have become two of Italy's very greatest wines under his stewardship. Even Fontodi's "basic" Chianti Classico is a marvel of terroir and sheer Sangiovese pleasure. It's a wine from great parcels in a single village (Panzano) in one of Italy's great regions; if this were Burgundy, it would be an allocated superstar just a notch below the Grand Crus. Because it's Tuscany, we can offer the wine to everyone today with great discounts and no limits on how much you can buy.

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Fontodi

There are winds of change blowing in Chianti Classico: rather than masking the vibrancy and purity of Sangiovese with heavy French oak (or worse, with the addition of French varietals), many winemakers have chosen to wholly embrace this noble grape. Few estates can claim responsibility for this renaissance more than Fontodi, a bastion of organic farming and a champion of Sangiovese’s role as the grape of Chianti.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 97
"The 2017 Flaccianello della Pieve is fabulous. Dark, sensual and enveloping, the 2017 captures the essence of the house style in its textural richness and baritone inflections. Black cherry, plum, spice, new leather, licorice and chocolate infuse the 2017 with tremendous richness. The 2017 spent 18 months in barrique followed by 6 months in cask, the same aging regime as the Vigna del Sorbo, but with a bit more new oak. That approach worked very well, as the Flaccianello stands out for its exceptional textural elegance and finesse. It is a positively stellar wine. 2025-2042"

Robert Parker

RP 96
"The Fontodi 2017 Flaccianello della Pieve is a standout wine of the dry vintage. This pure Sangiovese opens to a dark garnet colour with more visible concentration and density compared to recent past editions. This is a beautiful wine with pliant tannins, dark fruit richness, balanced acidity and a fruit-forward 15% alcohol content. The wine is big and bold when weighed on the Flaccianello scale (and even more so when weighed on the Sangiovese scale) with dark cherry, plum, spice, violet, chalk and campfire ash. Despite that power and inner opulence, this wine adds that zesty Sangiovese character with fresh acidity and an energized approach. This Flaccianello is whole and complete with the natural firmness and structure to hold it steady during the aging process. A small part of amphorae-aged fruit is added to the blend." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Tuscany

  • Grape Variety

    Sangiovese

  • Vintage

    2017

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Tannic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied