2018 Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico DOCG
Fontodi has belonged to the Manetti family since 1968. The family has been associated for centuries with another activity typical of the Chianti region, the production of its famous “terrecotte” tiles. And it is in the name of this strong link with the territory and a great passion for quality that the estate has moved successfully towards an ever more attentive cultivation of the vineyards and a more profound knowledge of the potential of Sangiovese in the zone of Panzano.
Fontodi is a certified organic estate which extends over 130 hectars of which about 70 are planted with vines. The type of agriculture practiced is inspired by the principles of respect of nature and sustainability. Not only are no chemical products used but there is an effort to maximize the internal resources of the estate, thereby reducing the need for any external input. Respecting the environment means wines that are better, purer, and a truer expression of the grape and the territory.
Lamole is a forgotten corner of Chianti, located high above Panzano. Some parcels of old Sangiovese, grown as sapling, survived the decimation of replanting in the early 1970s. It is from these old vines, planted in the 1920s, that Giovanni Manetti di Fontodi took the cuttings to propagate his clones and replant his vineyards in Fontodi. It is partly from these old vines that the quality and intensity of Fontodi derives.
Giovanni had long cherished the dream of producing a wine in Lamole , considering it one of the most distinctive areas of Chianti. The hamlet is 620 meters above sea level. The wines come from sandy soils and are fragrant and elegant, the bouquet develops in the cool nights and from the long ripening season at this altitude. Giovanni Manetti convinced his cousin, Lorenzo Socci, to work with him on seven hectares of vineyards on a property called Filetta . Together they restored the vineyard and in 2014 they harvested their first grapes.
95 Points - James Suckling:
" Complex aromas of sweet berries, tobacco and mushrooms with some floral undertones. Full-bodied with very tight, polished tannins and cedar, mahogany and dark fruit on the finish. Lots of transparent fruit at the end. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold."
Italy, Tuscany, Chianti
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