2018 Fontodi Chianti Classico
The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1969 but has been in Chianti for centuries producing the finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. The same attention to detail that makes them the best producers of terracotta has been brought to bear on Fontodi over the past 40 years and has transformed a crumbling farmhouse with a few hectares of vineyard into one of Chianti Classico's most impressive estates. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards and cellar are immaculately tended.
Giovanni's 80 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime 'conca d'oro' (golden shell) of Panzano, giving wines of supreme elegance, intensity and longevity. The south facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allow the grapes to ripen fully. Soils here allow for excellent drainage, encouraging the vines to put down deep roots. Giovanni has converted to organic viticulture over the past six years and is now following biodynamic principles in order to obtain the best quality fruit. In the winery, his approach is similarly non-interventionist (very low toast oak, for example) in order to ensure that the quality of fruit is preserved in the finished wine.
This organic Chianti Classico is deep ruby red in color, with perfumes of sour cherry and plums with notes of leather and tobacco. Great depth of flavor, with juicy fruit and supple tannins, giving the wine a silky-smooth texture. This wine has a great structure and a fine mineral note on the finish.
95 Points - James Suckling:
"A perfumed nose of red currants, sour cherries, bay leaves and spices. Medium-bodied with chewy tannins. Dusty texture in the mouth with structure and a bright core of red fruit. Flavorful, ample and tannic finish with length. So serious. From organically grown grapes. Drinkable but better in 2023." (Aug 2021)
92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Pretty cherry, raspberry, iron, tar and smoke flavors are the hallmarks of this supple Chianti Classico, which is balanced and firms up nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 10,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported." -
92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"April's frost resulted in less productive vines. Giovanni Manetti saw this as an advantage in the drought-like conditions of summer. He explains that with fewer grapes, the vines suffered less stress and were able to continue ripening without shutting down. Initial scents of baked clay and dry earth make way for mint blossom and cherry. Clingy, muscular tannins wrap around dusty fruit with nuances of rust and cinnamon poking through and the acidity is remarkably racy and ripe. - MM (Feb 2020)
Italy, Tuscany, Chianti
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