Fontodi Flaccianello 2006
Few properties in Tuscany are as immaculately tended, or produce such metticulously made wines, as Fontodi. The Manetti family has owned the estate since 1968 and has worked with winemaker Franco Bernabei since 1979. A new cellar was installed for the 1998 vintage. All the fermentation tanks are equipped for pneumatic punching down of he cap and the increase in colour, extraction and flavour of the resulting wines is remarkable. The family has 70 hectares of vineyards, situated near Panzano. This area is known as the ‘conca d’oro’, or golden shell, because of the southern exposure of the vineyards, which results in high levels of ripeness. Bright in colour with a wonderful perfume, the 2006 Chianti Classico has aromas of fresh cherries and blackberries, giving way to light, supple tannins and lovely balance on the palate.
Editorial Reviews for Fontodi Flaccianello
A little oaky, smoky on the nose over creamy strawberry and black currant fruit tones with just a hint of green coffee. On the palate this is rich, if a bit soft, with lots of blackberry fruit and a slightly chunky feel that features some drying tannins on the finish. 87pts
Actually 4.1+ stars. Color, this wine has a very deep ruby red color, very attractive. Nose, very complex nose, earthiness, dry leaves, toasty oak, a hit of vanilla, very aromatic, cherries, and some coffee. Midpalate, very voluptuous, dry, full bodied, beautiful texture. Finish, layers of very firm tannins are going on, the wine fills the mouth, lingering (45+ seconds and still feeling it), nice a acidity, some cherries are still dancing on my palate, well balanced, nice complexity. Overall, this is an exceptional wine. It is very well made. I am enjoying it very much. HOWEVER, this wine has not peaked yet! If you are going to drink it now, you will need to decant it for at least 6-7 hours! I would recommend to put it away for 19 more years. Bottled at 15%. I am 94+ on this effort now. I can see it as a 96 point wine in 18-19 years. Happy drinking!
WS99 Wine Spectator #8 Wine of the Year! (Pre-Arrival) "Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A blockbuster. Best after 2014." Wine Spectator
External Reviews for Fontodi Flaccianello
Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A bloc... Wine Spectator. A Sangiovese wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 1500ml
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