Lamole is a small region of Greve in Chianti perched in a natural amphitheatre between Volpaia to the south and Panzano to the west. To some, Lamole is a forgotten corner of Chianti Classico. Remember, though, that viticulture has been practised here since Roman times. Lamole has a long history of producing elegant Sangiovese wines. While industrialization has drawn modern agriculture to the valley floor, terraced vineyards flourish on the valley walls. The 600 metre elevation and cooler conditions here result in a longer growing season than lower-elevation regions of Chianti Classico.
If you walk the small hillside terrace vineyards today, you will see that the older vines are still pruned in the alberello (bush) style. The open structure of the plant encourages a healthy environment where even the lightest breeze circulates through the leaves and clusters. More recent plantings are guyot-pruned.
Vineyard practices and elevation combine with well-drained sandy soils that give elegance, perfume, and complexity to Fontodi’s Filetta di Lamole. The 2014 represents the first vintage of this special wine, a family project that partnered Manetti, a long-time admirer of Lamole’s assertive character, with his cousin. Together, they restored the 7 acre Filetta vineyard to health. Composed entirely of Sangiovese fermented in concrete by indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged in large oak vessels (as opposed to Fontodi’s more frequently-used French barriques).
Lifted and bright, a high-altitude wine grounded by earthiness and silky tannins. Truly elegant, with dark cherry on the nose and red fruit on the palate.
“The 2014 Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole is striking. This high-altitude site, with its sandy and rocky soils, yields a perfumed, aromatically expressive Chianti Classico endowed with translucent finesse and energy. Rose petal, lavender, mint and sweet red cherry are nicely pushed forward, but it is the wine’s gracious, perfumed personality that stands out most. The 2014 is all finesse.”
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Jan 2018