Fontodi’s Chianti Classico is a remarkably fine and elegant expression of Sangiovese for a very reasonable price that will drink well for years to come. It’s the kind of wine you should have in any reasonable cellar, and when we visited Fontodi in the fall we tasted examples that went back decades and were still delicious and full of life. 2013 is already considered to be a spectacular and classic vintage by both Tuscan wine-makers and the critics; and we agree that this is a wine and vintage you don’t want to miss!
Fontodi is not a “new” name to fans of great Tuscan wine. In fact they have been known and celebrated for decades. But there was some concern among Chianti purists that the wines had become a bit too “modern”. In fact in the last few years Giovanni Manetti has dialed back his use of oak and introduced larger casks that are more in synch with Italian tradition. There is more finesse and purity in his wines. We’ve always admired the wines, but we understand that they weren’t always for everyone. With this vintage, however, we’re pretty sure everyone will be happy with the return to classic, Tuscan traditions.
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