Fontodi Chianti Classico 2016

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2016

fontodi chianti classico
Italy Tuscany
Sangiovese
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2016

“Thanks to the softly rolling hills that enclose the area of Panzano, the increased luminosity, and the amphitheater of vineyards known as the Conca d’Oro (or “golden basin”), Panzano has deservedly earned right of recognition. I would argue that it has done more than the other township when it comes to defining its unique geographic wine identity. If the Chianti Classico appellation is eventually divided by township, Panzano should be allowed to stand among them. Not awarding Panzano its own singular identity amounts to a lack of courage and vision in my humble opinion. Among the many excellent estates located in Panzano is Fontodi, one of the finest wine estates in the world.”

Monica Larner on Fontodi, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

 

Fontodi’s Chianti Classico has always represented the winery’s philosophy that quality is of utmost importance. The winery’s reputation as an outstanding Chianti producer is on display in the 2016. It expresses the estate’s terroir perfectly. Produced with Sangiovese from various vineyards within the property, the wine fermented with indigenous yeast in cool tanks, then matured for 18 months in Troncais and Allier casks. An additional three months in bottle give the finished wine a rounded, full texture.

 

“The 2016 Chianti Classico Fontodi brings together all the elements that make the Fontodi wines so unique, but with an extra kick of freshness and aromatic intensity that is the result of a year with notable diurnal shifts during the growing season. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice and menthol develop in the glass, but it is the wine’s extraordinary balance and sheer appeal that stand out most. In time, 2016 may very well become the new benchmark for Fontodi’s Chianti Classico. The 2016 is flat-out delicious. That’s pretty much all there is to it. 2012-2036.”

94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Aug 2019

 

“A sleek, black cherry– and blackberry-infused red, coupled with a steely, vibrant structure. Linear and tense, featuring an energetic finish. Tobacco, graphite and macchia notes add depth as this unwinds on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2045. 11,000 cases made.”

94 points, Wine Spectator, Oct 2019

 

“Fontodi’s 2016 Chianti Classico is an expertly administered and measured wine that shows bright fruit intensity backed by Sangiovese’s characteristic acidity, primary freshness and integrated structure. This wine is perfectly engineered to pair with Tuscan dishes such as pappardelle ribbon pasta with rabbit or wild boar ragù. The wine will not only cleanse the palate from those flavours, but it will enhance the savoury flavours.”

92+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, July 2019