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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Fontodi Flaccianello 2007
Fontodi Flaccianello 2007
(search item no. 107369)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#8 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Flaccianello combines all the wild and old-world characteristics of the Sangiovese grape with the modern vinification techniques of what may be the top winemaking house in Tuscany today. The wine is like a taming and training of a beautiful black mustang stallion that has spent just enough time in the wild to retain its fiery disposition. It opens up with brambly notes of berries and currants, cloves, lavender, violets and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. I wonder at the grace of the wine as I delight in the first sip that is supple and cool on the mouth but full of warm flavors that light up the palate with bright notes of cherries and strawberries, tempered with touches of earthy leather and cherry-nut chutney. The wine crashes into the mid-palate on a wave of currants, blackberries, and more, riper straw-berries as it balances itself at the same time on pure tannins and pinch or two of new, vanilla oak. The finish…oh the finish…Well made Sangiovese never disappoints and the Flaccianello rolls on and on seemingly forever. Finally it fades with light herbal notes…a hint of mint…a dash of licorice basil…then it's gone like a shooting star winking out in the night sky.

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About Fontodi:

Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the "Conca d’Oro" (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc "Terroir," famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate.