Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2015 (Magnum 1.5L)
Sangiovese Blends | Italy
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. Their flagship wine Flaccianello was started in 1981 and in 1985 became a 100% Sangiovese blend, 100% organic as well and farmed according to bioodynamic principles. Always a collector wine from the very beginning and the new vintages are reaching new heights. Grab some before this wine ends up costing a lot more! A legend in the making!Double 98 points from the foremost critics of Italian wine is a good indication of that! They definitely need some time in the cellar to really show their stuff and flesh out, this magnum of Flaccianello will now doubt be the star of your cellar in years to come. Only 3 mags unfortunately...sorry!
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I'm hardly surprised to report that Fontodi's 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids of Giza in its undeniable glory and beauty. It would be impossible to exaggerate its many lasting attributes and qualities. Perhaps the most remarkable is the smooth and seamless nature of its many complicated moving parts. It produces abundant power, intensity and elegance as if this were the easiest accomplishment in the world. But we all know that's far from the truth. Despite the heat of the vintage, this wine is constructed with firm building blocks as if it were from a cooler year. That's the Panzano magic in a nutshell. This vintage is very young and tight, and you need to exercise patience to allow it enough time to evolve.
The 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is truly remarkable. An exotic mélange of black cherry jam, chocolate, grilled herbs and spice melds together in a huge, beautifully layered wine of exceptional class and pedigree. The 2015 manages to be dense and rich, but never overdone. The 2015 spent 20 months in French oak, 80%, followed by 6 months in cask. It is the final phase of aging in large wood that seems to help integrating the smaller oak influence. The 2015 is shaping up to be a modern-day icon. There's not much more to it than that.
Rich and opulent, with a sheen to the black currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Additional notes of thyme, leather, mineral and tar add depth, while the burly tannins still ride roughshod on the finish. Nonetheless, all the components are there and this shows fine length. A more muscular style for this wine, reflecting the vintage. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.
The aromas are crystal-clear here, ranging from dark cherry essence, dried herbs and dark plums to licorice, cloves, vanilla and paprika. Full body, very velvety yet firm tannins and a long, grippy finish. The tension created with the interplay between the rich fruit, taut acidity and a sturdy tannin backbone is so enticing. Drink in 2022. Made from organically grown grapes.
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