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1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Toscana – Bottle Notes

The Manetti family, which has run the Fontodi winery since 1968, is a true champion of sangiovese. The 200 acre estate is situated in the “golden basin” known as Conca d’Ora, south of Panzano in Chianti Classico. Their flagship called Flaccianello has been produced since 1981 and is from the estates very best vineyard. Amongst other wines, Fontodi also produces a Chianti Classico Riserva known as Vigna Del Sorbo.

Light red in color. 13.5% ABV. Spellbinding nose of red fruits, tar, rose petals and anise. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Seemingly light on it’s feet but powerful nonetheless. Cherries, pomegranate, smoke and earth on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with ever so silky tannins. Beautiful Sangiovese. Well stored bottles will drink well for at least another five years.

My rating: 96 points.

Pricing for this wine has drifted up in recent years and the current 2014 version will set you back right about $125. It is a tough pill to swallow when wines like Tignanello and Cepparello are much more affordable but I will likely put a bottle or two in my cellar.

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