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Fontodi Syrah Tuscany 2017  - First Bottle


96 James Suckling -
A rich, intense syrah with aromas and flavors of green tobacco, dried meat and rich fruit. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and polished. Delicious at the end. Serious. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. (7/7/20)
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
This is a fascinating expression of Syrah that does not fit into our preconceived expectations of the grape, whether from the Old World or the New. The Fontodi 2017 Syrah Case Via opens to a rich, inky dark appearance. I got a sweet note of butterscotch or caramel at the start, but that subsided quickly to make room for black fruit, toasted wood, campfire ash and ripe plum. The wine is not exactly varietally pure, especially if you identify with the toasty Shiraz camp of Australia or the meaty, white peppercorn camp of the Rhône. Instead, this wine has a vaguely carbonic level of energy, zest and ripe primary fruit. The fruit is dark, bold, rich and Tuscan, with a direct and sunny personality.
93 Vinous -
The 2017 Syrah Case Via is dark, ample and enveloping. Blackberry, chocolate, leather, licorice and spice infuse the 2017 with striking intensity to match its plush, textured feel. The Fontodi Syrah is done in a style that emphasizes fruit and overall richness more than savoriness or minerality.

Technical Details

  • BlendSyrah
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationTuscany
  • VineyardCase Via and Pecille
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • Aging/Cooperage12 months in 50% new French oak
  • Alcohol15%

Fontodi Syrah Tuscany 2017

Syrah Blends  |  Italy
JS96, WA93, VN93

Organic Practices

One of Tuscany’s finest producers doesn’t just do Sangiovese -- this rare bottling of Case Via is 100% organic Syrah that will BLOW you away! Fontodi is already legendary for its “Flaccianello” and Chianti wines (some of the most coveted/collectible/high-scoring in all of Tuscany), but you might be surprised to know they make an absolutely stunning, unique, and wildly delicious Syrah. Rarely seen outside of Italy, this is a true gem. This is NOT for the shy, and while ultra-concentrated and plush, it has many layers of complexity and a silky texture, plus Fontodi's signature freshness that make for pretty thrilling drinking. Note that this wine has a 93.8 Cellartracker score -- that’s up there!

Since 1968, when the Manetti family acquired the property, which sits on a hill at the gates of Panzano, it has been completely renovated. The brothers, Giovanni and Marco Manetti, were still young when they started planting new vineyards in the Conca d’Oro, the beautiful vinous paradise that is Panzano in Chianti, one of the most coveted terroirs in all of Chianti and Italy for that matter. Fontodi is a certified organic estate, which since the beginning has not used herbicides or pesticides. The vineyard, which lies in the famous shell-shaped Conca d’Oro, opens up to the south like an oversized amphitheatre. The limestone marl soil is very rocky, shows slate parts and is ideally ventilated and drained. The Syrah grapes come from a south-facing location around Villa Pecile.

Epic, unique and rare to see for sale here...especially at our great price! ONLY 20 CASES!

PAIRING IDEAS: This wine really shines with cheese, so we’d go with a “white” pizza of some type, topped with any and all manner of mushrooms, arugula, grilled/fresh veggies (leeks, zucchini), truffles, fresh tomatoes, pancetta...mmm!

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Can’t go wrong with some good ol’ Sublime “What I Got”. A quintessential song with a quintessential Italian wine!

About the Producer

Fontodi is located in Panzano and in an area called the "Conca d’Oro" (the golden shell) because of its amphitheater shape which the winery overlooks. A genuine and characteristic terroir, famous for centuries and one of the highest regarded growing sites in all of Chianti. It has a unique combination of high altitude, calcareous clay/schist soil, lots of light, and a climate that is warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night-time temperatures. ll Fontodi wines are produced from estate vineyards, picked by hand, chosen with care and vinified in a way that exalts the character of the vines and the territory.