Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013 Riserva “Vigna del Sorbo” [6/cs]

fontodi chianti classico vigna del sorbo
Italy Tuscany
Sangiovese
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2013


”Although Fontodi is best known for their 100% Sangiovese Flaccianello – one of Italy’s most revered and coveted wines over the years it is the estate’s Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo that has built the more distinguished track record. Complete verticals of both wines over the last two years confirmed what has long been an intuition; Vigna del Sorbo is a more consistent performer than Flaccianello, ages better and is a much more finessed, pedigreed wine. Readers who aren’t familiar with Vigna del Sorbo owe it to themselves to check it out what is without question one of the great reds of Italy.”

Antonio Galloni on Fontodi’s Vigna del Sorbo, vinous.com, Feb 2014

 

“It is impossible to exaggerate my enthusiasm for this set of new releases from Giovanni Manetti’s venerable Fontodi. […] These revolutionary wines break all the rules in one of Italy’s most regulated wine regions. Good for Fontodi.”

Monica Larner on Fontodi’s 2013 Vintage, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016

 

“A wine like this gives you a visceral rush of excitement. The 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo speaks to your most profound instincts and awakens a sudden and tangible taste of Tuscany. If you’ve ever visited Panzano in Chianti, you will be immediately transported there thanks to this fabulous wine. Vigna del Sorbo (100% Sangiovese aged in new and neutral barrique for two years) is authentic and focused with tart berry flavors surrounded by spice, truffle and rose petal. It offers a deep and lasting sense of richness.”

96 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016

 

“A vivid, expressive wine, Fontodi’s 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is tremendous. That is the good news. The not so good news, if I can say that, is that the 2013 is likely to require a number of years before it can be truly appreciated, much less enjoyed. Vertical and explosive on the palate, the 2013 is a huge wine. Black cherry, plum, graphite, licorice and dark spices emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. Readers will have to be very patient with the 2013. A host of violet, lavender, menthol and dark spices wrap around the huge, tightly wound finish.”

98+ points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2016

 

“A succulent Chianti Classico showing dried-fruit and cedar character. Full, chewy and very long with a juicy finish. So structured. Pure Sangiovese from Fontodi’s best vineyard and aged 24 months in wood. Serious. Better in 2020. One of the best wines ever from Vigna del Sorbo.”

96 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2016