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2015 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli Toscana

2015 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli Toscana

98 Points - Wine Advocate
97 Points - James Suckling
97 Points - Gary Walsh
96 Points - Wine Spectator
96 Points - Decanter

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  • 'Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve is an uncompromising red in many ways. It is made from organically grown pure Sangiovese from a single vineyard below the town of Panzano, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It is firm and structured and nearly always in reserve. It ages wonderfully, remaining fresh and persistent on the palate, and intense and aromatic on the nose.'
    James Suckling

    Giovanni Manetti has run the Fontodi property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards are immaculately tended. Their 90 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime 'Conca d'Oro' (golden shell) of Panzano, and have been converted to organic viticulture. Giovanni is now following biodynamic principles to obtain the best quality fruit.

    One of the first mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans, Fontodi's Flaccianello began as a cru of grapes from the vineyard of the same name, the "Flaccianello della Pieve"; in 2001, however, Fontodi widened Flaccianello’s base to source from the estate’s best grapes. This big red wine, born in 1981, combines all the old-world characteristics of Sangiovese with modern vinification techniques.


    Fermentation and maceration lasted 25 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The cap was punched down twice a day during fermentation, which reached a maximum temperature of 30ºC. The wine spent a minimum of 30 days macerating on skins, depending on the individual tank. Once the desired tannin structure had been achieved, the wine was then racked into 100% new French oak barriques (Allier and Tronçais) where it remained for 24 months before bottling.


    Bright, ruby red in colour. The bouquet opens with ripe, dark cherries, violets and plums, complemented by a hint of spice. This wine has wonderful structure and the palate is typically rich and full with characteristically fine, supple tannins. The finish is flavourful and persistent.


    'I'm hardly surprised to report that Fontodi's 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids of Giza in its undeniable glory and beauty. It would be impossible to exaggerate its many lasting attributes and qualities. Perhaps the most remarkable is the smooth and seamless nature of its many complicated moving parts. It produces abundant power, intensity and elegance as if this were the easiest accomplishment in the world. But we all know that's far from the truth. Despite the heat of the vintage, this wine is constructed with firm building blocks as if it were from a cooler year. That's the Panzano magic in a nutshell. This vintage is very young and tight, and you need to exercise patience to allow it enough time to evolve.'
    98 Points - Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    'The aromas are crystal-clear here, ranging from dark cherry essence, dried herbs and dark plums to licorice, cloves, vanilla and paprika. Full body, very velvety yet firm tannins and a long, grippy finish. The tension created with the interplay between the rich fruit, taut acidity and a sturdy tannin backbone is so enticing. Drink in 2022. Made from organically grown grapes. '
    97 Points - James Suckling

    'It’s a suave beast of a wine, so dense, oaky, yes, but takes it in its stride. Dark cherry, violet and vanilla custard, new leather and dried herbs. Full-bodied, thick and luxurious, suede and velvet tannin so thick, you can almost stroke it with your tongue. Rich fruit, freshness and savoury flavour, black forest cake too, all rolling and surging through the mouth with a superb long finish, black tea and perfume trailing in its wake. Texture and impact are its calling cards. If you’re a tannin hound, you could drink this now, but the best is yet to come.'
    97 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    'Rich and opulent, with a sheen to the black currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Additional notes of thyme, leather, mineral and tar add depth, while the burly tannins still ride roughshod on the finish. Nonetheless, all the components are there and this shows fine length. A more muscular style for this wine, reflecting the vintage. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2035'

    96 Points - Wine Spectator

    2015 was a relief after 2014. Manetti describes it as an almost perfect vintage: the summer was warmer than usual with lots of sunshine, but it was never too hot and rain fell at the right moments. It's surprisingly open on the nose, where sweet earth, dark cherry, grilled thyme and baking spice aromas unfold. The palate is full and voluptuous, with succulent fruits coated by firm tannins. This just needs time to take shape and it will reveal its more subtle complexities after a few years in the cellar.'
    96 Points - Decanter Magazine