A dusty garnet, with considerable bricking and orange tinges. Much more rustic and lighter than most Brunellos I’ve encountered. Classic Sangiovese notes on the nose with old, worn leather and smoked tobacco. The fruit has faded a good bit but the dried cherries and dark, plummy fruits still show well. The floral aromatics are prominent after plenty of air.
Even going on seventeen years, there’s still a more approachable nature to this than most of its cousins. Needs plenty of time decanting but it’s worth it. Dry, with low acidity, this opens up to you more than others and is just plain eager to please. The damp forest floor characteristics kick in and makes this so comforting despite a touch of astringency. Silky elegant tannins.
On the palate, there’s a deep notes of mocha and vanilla, along with more slightly fading fruit and pencil lead. Little touches of cinnamon and leather compliment. This is unique among Brunellos I’ve tasted in that it’s there to be light and enjoyable. Drink up. — 12 days ago
Sangiovese Rosé, Colombia Valley. Salmon pink with a cherry red tinge, excellent clarity. Cherry cobbler aroma on nose. Cherry and raspberry Kool Aid flavors. Slightly chalky mineral finish, maybe lactic too, mild skin astringency on finish. Blessedly dry. Acid is all right, body is ok or a touch thin in mouthfeel, a minor issue. Great varietal character. Good value — 9 days ago
Really good wine. — 3 days ago
Really good. Sometimes an Italian Bordeaux blend is what you want.
Nose has some lovely pleasant earthiness. Spectacular. Gorgeous aromatics. Wtf? I gave this a 9.1 at Vinitaly.
I did see upside but only had 15 minutes to taste. This stuff is THE SHIT.
Blackberry fruit. Good juiciness. Very good deliciousness. Some spice.
Not over the top obnoxiously ripe. Emilia Romagna. North of Tuscany. So less ripe.
Bought from fass selections — 21 hours ago
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. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2020) — 6 days ago
The 2016 Flaccianello della Pieve is a truly special, moving wine. There's not much more to say. The 2016 was epic when I tasted it last year. It is every bit as memorable today. Beautifully layered, the 2016 possesses remarkable finesse and power. All of the natural intensity of Panzano's Conca d'Oro comes through in a wine that dazzles from start to finish. As always, Flaccianello showcases the darker side of Sangiovese. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2020) — 6 days ago
I love the ripe richness here. Mouth-filling with cooked and macerated black cherries and plums, perhaps something a bit blue fruited too, all wound up with leathery, warm spices, lemon zinger tea, and savory brett. Underneath menthol, crushed flowers, herbs and forest notes add dimension along with black pepper. Rather ample on the mid-palate, the acidity and pronounced dust minerality still bring it all back to Chianti Classico for me. On a side, I think cooperage selection is absolutely on point, very well made on that front, great integration of tannin and barrel character, almost melting into the wine. — 11 days ago