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Near Perfect Flaccianello - 98WA
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.