'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