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Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione "Vigna del Sorbo" DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [AG 97+] [DC 97] [JS 97] [RP 96+] [WS 95 & Rank #60 Top 100 of 2018]
Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione "Vigna del Sorbo" DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 97] [RP 96+] [WS 95 & Rank #60 Top 100 of 2018]

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Winery: Fontodi
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

The Estate:
Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc “Terroir”, famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate – warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night-time temperatures

All Fontodi wines are produced from grapes coming from their own vineyards, picked by hand, chosen with care and vinified in a way that exalts the character of the vines and the territory. The Fontodi Oil “Bio” is produced from its own olives which are delicately pressed the same day as the harvest in order to preserve all the freshness and the fragrance of the fruit.

The process of vinification and ageing in wood takes place in the modern cellar, built on descending levels to take advantage of gravity, guaranteeing the most respect possible for the natural integrity of the grape, in order to exalt the character and elegance of the wines.

Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Vineyards: Vigna del Sorbo with south-west exposure with 30 years old vines
Density: 3.500 and 6.000 vines per hectar
Training: Guyot
Fermentation: In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts for at least 3 weeks
Ageing: In Troncais and Allier barrels 50% new for 24 months
Average: 30.000 bottles

Ratings & Reviews

97+ Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Another captivating wine in this range, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is all class. A rush of dark cherry, plum, sage, lavender and menthol races across the palate. Deep and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2015 has it all. Moreover, the 2015 is one of the most refined Vigna del Sorbos yet. It won't be long before the 2015 is recognized as one of the all-time great Vigna del Sorbos. Proprietor Giovanni Manetti prefers whole berry ferments in order to maintain as much freshness as possible. In recent years, Manetti has reduced punchdowns to just once a day in fermentation. The gentler approach to extraction comes through loud and clear." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2019)

97 Points - Decanter:
"Fontodi's Vigna del Sorbo sits in front of the estate. Southwest facing on galestro soil, the vineyard totals 8ha at an altitude of 450 metres. First produced in 1985, it has been designated as a Gran Selezione since the 2010 vintage. Initially closed, this expands slowly with nuances of red cherry, currants, earth, sage and liquorice coming into clear focus. The palate is well-endowed with compact fruit that has effortlessly absorbed the oak and maintained its integrity. The tannins are vigorous yet harmonious, making for a powerful wine that manages to remain elegantly poised."

97 Points - James Suckling:
"What a nose of clay, earth, crushed stones, rose petals, red licorice, baking spices, tar and Chinese spices. The level of sophistication to the red-fruited core, laser-sharp acidity and polished tannins, which grip and caress the palate, make this the greatest Chianti Classico ever made by Fontodi. From organically grown grapes. A long, long finish. Drink in 2022." (Sept 2018)

96+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo (100% Sangiovese) is a wine that inspires a deep, deep breath into your glass. There's so much to take in and admire. So where to start? First, the wine shows a beautiful appearance that is thick and dark but allows for just enough ambient light to make it shine with ruby rays from deep inside. Then you have the bouquet that presents a solid wall of interwoven and ultimately beautifully balanced aromas. There is dark fruit, tobacco, leather, spice and polished river stone. Lastly, the mouthfeel reveals a similar level of extreme flavor equilibrium with very fine but still very young tannins. That mid-weight structure, matched to the wine's natural acidity, is a major guarantee of longevity. Bottle production in this vintage is 30,000 units strong." - Monica Larner (Oct 2018)

95 Points & Rank #60 Top 100 Wines of 2018- Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is concentrated and monolithic, with blackberry and black cherry flavors augmented by tar, tobacco and iron notes. Offers excellent potential, but needs time to absorb the tannins. Powerful, showing fine length. Best from 2023 through 2040. 1,800 cases made." - BS (Web Only, 2018)

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