Fontodi Chianti Classico 2015 Gran Selezione “Vigna del Sorbo” [6/cs]

fontodi chianti classico vigna del sorbo
Italy Tuscany
Sangiovese
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2015

“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

 

“Fontodi’s remaining single-vineyard bottling is Vigna del Sorbo, since 2011 its Gran Selezione. The Vigna del Sorbo parcel is planted on the galestro soils of Panzano’s famed Conca d’Oro, an amphitheater of south- to southwest-facing vineyards that enjoy great terroir. In 1979, Manetti grafted the site’s Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera vines to Cabernet Sauvignon, thereby creating Vigna del Sorbo’s signature blend of Sangiovese (90 percent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10 percent).
The Cabernet component gives Vigna del Sorbo a modern feel, with a lush texture that’s also the result of malolactic conversion in barriques, 50 percent of which are new. The wine always shows plenty of dark fruit, with dense underlying tannins. As much about the texture as the flavours, Vigna del Sorbo has shone consistently for the past two decades.”

Tuscany Grand Cru, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 31, 2016

 

“Another captivating wine in this range, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is all class. A rush of dark cherry, plum, sage, lavender and menthol races across the palate. Deep and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2015 has it all. Moreover, the 2015 is one of the most refined Vigna del Sorbos yet. It won’t be long before the 2015 is recognized as one of the all-time great Vigna del Sorbos. Proprietor Giovanni Manetti prefers whole berry ferments in order to maintain as much freshness as possible. In recent years, Manetti has reduced punchdowns to just once a day in fermentation. The gentler approach to extraction comes through loud and clear.”

97+ points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, Feb 2019

 

“What a nose of clay, earth, crushed stones, rose petals, red licorice, baking spices, tar and Chinese spices. The level of sophistication to the red-fruited core, laser-sharp acidity and polished tannins, which grip and caress the palate, make this the greatest Chianti Classico ever made by Fontodi. From organically grown grapes. A long, long finish. Drink in 2022.”

97 points, JamesSuckling.com, November 2018


“The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo (100% Sangiovese) is a wine that inspires a deep, deep breath into your glass. There’s so much to take in and admire. So where to start? First, the wine shows a beautiful appearance that is thick and dark but allows for just enough ambient light to make it shine with ruby rays from deep inside. Then you have the bouquet that presents a solid wall of interwoven and ultimately beautifully balanced aromas. There is dark fruit, tobacco, leather, spice and polished river stone. Lastly, the mouthfeel reveals a similar level of extreme flavour equilibrium with very fine but still very young tannins. That mid-weight structure, matched to the wine’s natural acidity, is a major guarantee of longevity.”

96+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018

 

“This is concentrated and monolithic, with blackberry and black cherry flavours augmented by tar, tobacco and iron notes. Offers excellent potential, but will need time to absorb the tannins. Powerful, showing fine length. Best from 2023 through 2040.”

95 points and #60 of 100 Wine of the Year, Wine Spectator, Aug 2018