2018 Chianti Classico, Vigna del Sorbo, Gran Selezione, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy

2018 Chianti Classico, Vigna del Sorbo, Gran Selezione, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy

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2018 Chianti Classico, Vigna del Sorbo, Gran Selezione, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy

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The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is quite possibly the most elegant, refined version of this wine I have ever tasted. It does not offer the immediacy or impact of either the 2015 or 2016 but impresses with its elegance, persistence and total class.

Bright floral and spice notes add perfume to a core of red-toned fruit. The 2018 represents another move towards greater finesse at Fontodi. It spent a year in French oak barrel and a second year in cask.

Drink 2026 - 2048

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (September 2021)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous98/100

The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is quite possibly the most elegant, refined version of this wine I have ever tasted. It does not offer the immediacy or impact of either the 2015 or 2016 but impresses with its elegance, persistence and total class.

Bright floral and spice notes add perfume to a core of red-toned fruit. The 2018 represents another move towards greater finesse at Fontodi. It spent a year in French oak barrel and a second year in cask.

Drink 2026 - 2048

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (September 2021)

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Jancis Robinson MW17+/20

Panzano in Chianti. 100% certified organic Sangiovese.

Deep, lustrous garnet. Lifted nose with considerable tang. Oyster shells and iodine note on the interesting nose. Very tight and concentrated with quite a bit of tannin. But this is a very serious wine by any measure. It's just not ready… Super-tang! Super-tannin! It's even a little inky at the end.

Drink 2023 - 2033

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (June 2021)

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Wine Advocate96+/100

The Fontodi 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is gorgeous now, and we should expect better things to come as the wine continues its bottle evolution. This organic, single-vineyard expression (with 29,000 bottles made) delivers impeccable balance and beautiful intensity. 

The wine sports a developed fruit side that contrasts nicely against the spice and tobacco-like tones thanks to 18 months in French barrique and six months in bottle. The 2018 vintage can sometimes take a lot of work to read. For example, this wine offers sharp acidity, but it also sees a 15% alcohol content plus lots of enduring sweetness and ripeness. 

The tannins are exceptionally supple and sweet. I can't wait to try this wine 10 or 15 years from now.

Drink 2023 - 2050

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (October 2021)

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James Suckling96/100

Beautiful blue fruit with mahogany and violets. Full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins that show a beautifully polished texture. So drinkable already. From organically grown grapes. 

Drink or hold

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (August 2021)

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About this WINE

Fontodi

Fontodi

Fontodi is located in the hills south of the town of Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region.This 90-hectare estate was in a run down and derelict state when it was acquired by Domiziano and Dino Manetti in 1968. They totally replanted the vineyards and renovated the winemaking facilities and today Fontodi is recognised as one of the finest producers in the region.

The estate is now run by Macro and Gioivanni Manetti, ably assisted by winemaker Franco Bernabei. Its benchmark Chianti Classico is made from a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo and aged in large oak barrels whereby the Chianti Classico Riserva has a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and a portion is aged in small French barriques. Its finest wine is the 100% Sangiovese, Flaccinello della Pieve.

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Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is a leading Tuscan DOCG zone which covers approximately 7,000 hectares between Florence and Siena. Its vineyards stretch into the Apennine foothills at altitudes of between 150m and 500m, and encompass two distinct terroirs and styles. The sandy, alluvial soils of the lower sites yield fuller, meatier wines while the limestone and galestro rocks of the higher vineyards deliver finer, more ethereal examples.

The origins of Chianti date back to the Middle Ages, although Chianti Classico was really born in 1716 when Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany classified the zone, identifying the villages of Radda, Greve, Panzano, Gaiole and Castellina as the leading sites; these same villages still represent the nucleus of the Chianti Classico DOCG today. The regulations have been revised, however, to insist that the wine is made from a minimum 80 percent Sangiovese and a maximum 20 percent Canaiolo and ameliorative grapes (ie Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon); from the 2006 vintage, no white grapes are allowed.

Chianti Classico cannot be released until 1st October in the year following the harvest, while Chianti Classico Riserva must undergo 24 months of ageing before release, including at least three months in bottle. At the region’s top addresses, French barriques are gradually being adopted in the place of the traditional, larger slavonian botte.

Recommended Producers: Monte Bernardi, Tenuta Fontodi, Castelo di Ama, Bibbiano

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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