Tasted from magnum. Now on the plateau of maturity, boasting sweet cherry, plum, sandalwood and spice bouquet. This is beautifully integrated, with fruit, spice, tobacco and tea flavors, very vigorous and long, yet with plenty to give. Kept improving with air. Drink now through 2030. (BS, Web Only-2014)
The 2001 Flaccianello della Pieve marks a turning point, as it is the first Flaccianello to be made as a selection of the estate’s best fruit across a number of parcels rather than as a single-vineyard wine. Black cherries, plums, smoke, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that burst from the glass in this virile, massive Flaccianello. A hint of sweet toasted oak reminiscent of the 1990 lingers on the finish. This is a great showing, but readers will have to be patient. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. (AG)
In 2001, Flaccianello morphed from single-vineyard to parcel selection. At the time, Fontodi was still in organic conversion and Flaccianello was aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. Summer conditions were ideal, with high daytime temperatures and cool nights. The aromas are suitably developing and downright seductive, the notes of leather, tobacco, black tea and a suggestion toast leading to a sweet and savoury palate where fennel and spice mingle with irony earth. Fine-grained tannins and a medium-weight body make this an absolute pleasure to drink now. (MM)
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