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2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo

2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo

97 Points - James Suckling
97 Points - Gary Walsh
96+ Points - Wine Advocate
95 Points - Wine Spectator, Top 100 Wines of 2018

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  • 'A maniacal attention to detail in both the vineyards and cellar sets Fontodi apart as one of Italy’s most inspired producers.' - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    Fontodi is located in the hills south of the town of Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region.This 90-hectare estate was in a run down and derelict state when it was acquired by Domiziano and Dino Manetti in 1968. They totally replanted the vineyards and renovated the winemaking facilities and today Fontodi is recognised as one of the finest producers in the region.

    The estate is now run by Macro and Gioivanni Manetti, ably assisted by winemaker Franco Bernabei. Its benchmark Chianti Classico is made from a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo and aged in large oak barrels whereby the Chianti Classico Riserva has a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and a portion is aged in small French barriques.

    'Although Fontodi is best known for their 100% Sangiovese Flaccianello – one of Italy’s most revered and coveted wines over the years it is the estate’s Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo that has built the more distinguished track record. Complete verticals of both wines over the last two years confirmed what has long been an intuition; Vigna del Sorbo is a more consistent performer than Flaccianello, ages better and is a much more finessed, pedigreed wine. Readers who aren’t familiar with Vigna del Sorbo owe it to themselves to check it out what is without question one of the great reds of Italy'
    Antonio Galloni

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Soils here are galestro, a classic Tuscan shale, which has excellent drainage and encourages the vines to put down deep roots. The grapes for this wine are grown in the Vigna del Sorbo vineyard. The vines were planted in 1981, and the vineyard is situated at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level, facing south/south-west.

    Grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks for 18 days. During fermentation and maceration the cap was punched down twice a day. After fermentation the wine was aged in Tronçais and Allier barriques, of which half was new oak, for 20 months and an extra 4 months in botte grande (large barrels) prior to bottling. It remained in bottle for at least six months before release.

    TASTING NOTES

    Dark ruby red in colour, this wine opens with aromas of dark black fruits, blackberry and Victoria plum. The powerful structure defines the palate and is given complexity by the smoky, savoury fruit, robust tannins and fine acidity.

  • REVIEWS

    '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'
    97 Points - James Suckling


    'Stylistically, and as a drink, I prefer this wine to the (perhaps) more storied Flaccianello. Dense, but medium-bodied, packed with tannin and stony ‘minerality’, some toasty oak in the mix, but rumbles with the bass of earth, new leather and tobacco, and while there’s plenty of depth to the red and dark cherry fruit, the wine is essentially savoury to its core. And quite spicy. Tannin is thick and packed, with a suede-like texture, acidity is clear and underscores the structure to beautiful effect. Long and swinging with sweet tannin to close. Masterful.'
    97 Points - Gary Walsh


    '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 flavour 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'
    96+ Points - Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


    'This is concentrated and monolithic, with blackberry and black cherry flavours augmented by tar, tobacco and iron notes. Offers excellent potential, but will need time to absorb the tannins. Powerful, showing fine length. Best from 2023 through 2040.'
    95 Points - Wine Spectator &  No. 60 Ranked Wine of the Year, 2018


    'Fontodi’s remaining single-vineyard bottling is Vigna del Sorbo, since 2011 its Gran Selezione. The Vigna del Sorbo parcel is planted on the galestro soils of Panzano’s famed Conca d’Oro, an amphitheater of south- to southwest-facing vineyards that enjoy great terroir. In 1979, Manetti grafted the site’s Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera vines to Cabernet Sauvignon, thereby creating Vigna del Sorbo’s signature blend of Sangiovese (90 percent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10 percent).

    The Cabernet component gives Vigna del Sorbo a modern feel, with a lush texture that’s also the result of malolactic conversion in barriques, 50 percent of which are new. The wine always shows plenty of dark fruit, with dense underlying tannins. As much about the texture as the flavours, Vigna del Sorbo has shone consistently for the past two decades..'

    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Specator