Fontalloro 2017 95VM/95RP
Berardenga, Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Felsina says that Fontalloro is their most representative expression Sangiovese. The grapes for Fontalloro come from vineyards that straddle the border between Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi. The vineyards lying within the Chianti Classico appellation are in the highest area of Fèlsina while those in the Chianti Colli Senesi are in lower elevations at (407-330m).
- Southwestern exposure and diverse soil compositions: Chianti Classico is stony and calcareous; Colli Senesi is sandy, loamy and silty with pebbles and marine sediments.
- Vineyards are a mix of 80s-00s plantings
- De-stemmed and pressed, the must is fermented and macerated in stainless steel for 16-20 days at cooler temps with punchdowns and daily pumpovers.
- New and into first used French oak barrels for 18-22 months of maturation.
95 pts Vinous Media (Galloni)
Fontalloro is exquisite in 2017. It is also such a contrast to the Rancia, as the two wines could not possibly be more different. Fontalloro is bright and vibrant, with more sweet red Sangiovese character than the darker Rancia. It is also incredibly delicious now, even though it clearly has the energy to age for many years. The 2017 is one of the finest Fontalloros I can remember tasting.
95 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The Fèlsina 2017 Fontalloro pours out of the bottle with a bang. This pure expression of Sangiovese is luscious and dark with thick layers of dark fruit, plum, cherry, leather and tilled earth. This hot-vintage edition shows good depth and intensity with lots of that black-fruit energy and extra concentration that is typical of this growing season. However, you can always count on Fontalloro to show balance, and that's exactly what you get here despite the adversity of the scorching summer season. That Sangiovese acidity remains intact and crisp.