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Just Announced Must Have Vintage

The 2019 vintage for Fontodi is a very special one indeed. Full of sunshine and warmth, the Fontodi team led by Giovanni Manetti achieved wines of great character, presence, depth and overall class. This is a gorgeous vintage for Fontodi and one that I was lucky enough to taste firsthand at the property this past summer with Giovanni.

Giovanni Manetti is, without question, one of Tuscany’s great gentlemen of wine. Humble and welcoming more than anyone we know, Giovanni has slowly propelled Fontodi into one of Tuscany’s greatest estates overall. Located in the heart of Panzano, Fontodi enjoys vineyards that range in elevation around the Conca d’Oro amphitheater as well as diversity of soil. This is not only wine country but Tuscan beef country, where the wine’s personality perfectly melds with the food and steak of the region. At Fontodi it is a family affair for the Manettis where Giovanni’s children now assist in managing the estate and the grandparents still provide historical advice. However, it is Giovanni and his drive in viticultural improvements, his drive for vineyard specific expressions, his drive for Chianti Classicos overall classification reform and hierarchy development that have made Fontondi and Chianti Classico as good as they are today.

The 2019 Flaccianello is a marvelous wine. A wine that when I sat there at Fontodi, I was stunned by how complete, yet approachable it is now. This is a powerful Flaccianello and is going to last a very, very long time in the cellar, but it is a Flaccianello that is pure and lively with some of the most regal textures and smooth edges that we have ever seen in this blend. The 2019 vintage showcases more of the rocky higher elevation vineyards that sit above the village of Panzano. The bouquet is open and expressive showing the dark fruit and stony mineral edge that is then engulfed in a perfume that only pure Sangiovese can provide. The herb and floral interplay is captivating in this wine that feels sensual and pure on the palate. The length is considerable and the weight and power of the wine slowly builds to show the true longevity of this vintage even though the textures and immediate indulgence fool you into thinking otherwise. 

This is a tremendous vintage of Flaccianello and one that all fans of Fontodi need to stock-up on. 

While I have focused on Flaccianello, Vigna del Sorbo the Gran Selezione Chianti Classico is once again one of the Chianti of the vintage and another great wine in an historic range of great Chianti. Much like Flaccianello, the alluring textures of the 2019 vintage have created an expression of Vigna del Sorbo that is luxurious and seamless. 

Cheers,
Jeremy

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Fontodi - Flaccianello della Pieve 2019 (750)
Fontodi - Flaccianello della Pieve 2019 (750ml)
Red Wine Biodynamic Grown Organically 
WS
94
WA
98
JS
96
TWI
96
V
94

Blackberry, black-cherry, bark and ink aromas follow through to a full body with tight, integrated tannins and a solid core of fruit at the same time. A little hard and tight now. From organically grown grapes. Needs time to open.... Read More

 
Original price: $185.00
Sale price:  $135.00
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Fontodi - Chianti Classico 2019 (750)
Fontodi - Chianti Classico 2019 (750ml)
Red Wine 
WS
93
WE
94
WA
92
V
93+

The 2019 Chianti Classico is fresh vibrant and so expressive. Aromatic and expansive with terrific nuance the 2019 is one of the most elegant Chianti Classicos I have tasted at Fontodi. Crushed flowers red/purplish fruit spice... Read More

 
Original price: $45.00
Sale price:  $38.00
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Fontodi - Chianti Classico 2018 (750ml)
Fontodi - Chianti Classico 2018 (750ml)
Red Wine 
D
92
GN
96
V
94

Fontodi’s 2018 is one of the vintage’s denser annata. Besides lower rainfall in the area of Panzano, owner Giovanni Manetti also points to a sudden drop in nighttime temperatures just before the harvest - close to... Read More

 
Current price:  $41.00
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Fontodi - Chianti Classico Vigna Del Sorbo Gran Selezione 2019 (750)
Fontodi - Chianti Classico Vigna Del Sorbo Gran Selezione 2019 (750ml)
Red Wine 
WS
94
WA
97
D
97
V
95

At an elevation of 400 metres, Vigna del Sorbo boasts Chianti Classico’s classic Galestro soil. The warm southwest-facing vineyard typically yields a powerful, intense wine in need of ageing. The 2019 demonstrates all the... Read More

 
Current price:  $80.00
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Fontodi - Flaccianello della Pieve 2019 (1500)
Fontodi - Flaccianello della Pieve 2019 (1.5L)
Red Wine Biodynamic Grown Organically 
WS
94
WA
98
JS
96
TWI
96
V
94

Blackberry, black-cherry, bark and ink aromas follow through to a full body with tight, integrated tannins and a solid core of fruit at the same time. A little hard and tight now. From organically grown grapes. Needs time to open.... Read More

 
Current price:  $305.00
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Fontodi - Flaccianello della Pieve 2009 (1.5L)
Fontodi - Flaccianello della Pieve 2009 (1.5L)
Red Wine Biodynamic Grown Organically 
WA
95
V
94

The 2009 Flaccianello is gorgeous but the relative shortcomings of the year relative to the sublime 2010 are apparent when the wines are tasted side by side. Firm tannins support a core of dark red fruit smoke and crushed flowers.... Read More

 
Current price:  $475.00
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