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Fattoria di Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana IGT 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 98+] [JS 98, #73 Top 100 of 2019] [AG 96] [WE 93] [WS 92]
Fattoria di Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana IGT 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 94-95]


 
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Winery: Fattoria di Felsina
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: FELSINAFONTALLORO16-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Fontalloro is the most representative expression of Fèlsina’s Sangiovese.
Fontalloro grapes come from vineyards straddling the border between Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi denomination. The vineyards lying within the Chianti Classico appellation are in the highest area of Fèlsina while those in the Chianti Colli Senesi are lower down (407-330 meters above sea level). With a southwestern exposure, the grapes are influenced by diverse soil compositions: on the Chianti Classico side the soil is stony and calcareous; on the Crete Senesi side the soil is sandy, loamy and silty with pebbles and marine sediments. First vintage 1983.

SENSORY PROFILE:
Ruby red color with rich and intense tones. Variety of aromatic herbs accentuated with generous notes of tobacco and wet earth (dry earth, as well), black currant and licorice. The palate manifests good consistency of medium-smooth tannins to ensure the lengthy ageing. Rich structure and weight and elegant breed on the finish. Optimum cellar life in all vintages.

VINIFICATION:
After the quality-selected clusters are de-stemmed and pressed, the must is fermented and macerated in stainless steel for 16-20 days at 28°C and 30°C, with programmed punchdowns and daily pumpovers. In March-April, the new wine goes into new and into first used French oak barrels; after 18-22 months of maturation, the final blend is assembled, bottled, and ages in glass a minimum of 8-12 months.

Denomination: Indicazione Geografica Tipica Toscana.

Varietal: 100% Sangiovese.

Growing area: Poggio al Sole and Arcidossino areas.

Ratings & Reviews

98+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more." - Monica Larner (31st May 2019)

98 Points & #73 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - James Suckling:
"Amazing aromas of licorice, wet earth, orange peel and lavender. Full body, tight and super compact and polished. Goes on for minutes. Clearly great. Better in 2021, but already a star." - 23 Apr, 2019

96 Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Fontalloro is bold, hearty and deeply flavored, with all of the Sangiovese wildness that is so typical of Fontalloro. Ripe dark cherry, grilled herbs, smoke, leather, game and incense are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in a potent, virile Fontalloro loaded with personality and character. In so many ways, 2016 is THE archetype of what Fontalloro is - a Sangiovese that is a bit wild and unruly but also full of charm. " Antonio Galloni - (Aug 2019)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of dark-skinned fruit, exotic spice, blue flower and menthol shape the nose. It's linear, focused and ethereally elegant, offering succulent Morello cherry, raspberry compote and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. Drink 2020–2028." - KO (Apr 2019)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is rich and polished, with black cherry, blackberry and plum flavors matched to dense tannins and bright acidity. Tips toward the tannic side now, picking up earth, spice and tar notes on the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2028. 2,500 cases made. — BS" (Issue Oct 31, 2019)



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