2011 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (Elsewhere $55) SKU #1288298


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  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    There isn't much more I can say about the flavor profile of this wine that hasn't already been described by my colleagues so I will contribute this: this is a wine to enjoy now as it's sitting in its perfect drinking window. All of the elements are balanced and completely satisfying on the palate and I can't keep my nose out of the glass. Fantastic.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    This boasts a deep ruby/purple color, lots of black cherries, raspberries, and currants with hints spice, Tuscan dust and minerals. There is a great texture on this full- bodied wine; it has a long, authoritative finish that combines power with elegance. I would drink this now and over the next couple of years.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The Super Tuscan category is a great place to look for value these days and Felsina produces one of the finest Sangiovese based wines in the zone. Their 'Fontalloro' is a selection of high and low altitude fruit that weds the best characteristics of Sangiovese. That, coupled with the warmth of the 2011 vintage, make this exceptional to drink now or hold for a few years. It's surprisingly fresh for the vintage and brimming with ripe, flavorful and densly packed fruit. We're glad we went long on this one.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is gorgeous; it shows a bit more ripeness, more dark plum, cocoa with bits of dried flower. On the palate this wine has the richness that one would expect from a warmer vintage like 2011 but this isn’t a wine that is over-ripe at all, it just gives it a bit more flesh and breadth and there is a silky presence on the palate. The flavors are deep, chocolaty with delicate hints of barrel spice; Fontalloro only goes in second year barrique, followed by bits of earth, leather and cigar ash. This wine has structure, it’s just not a flaccid fruit bomb it has tannin, power and a long life ahead of it.
    Drink from 2017 to 2030
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Beautiful Sangiovese that remarkably can either be enjoyed now or placed in a cellar for a few years. In 2011 the ripeness of the vintage lead to beautiful easy to enjoy friendly wines that are not necessarily the ones to lay down, but the restraint and elegance shown by the Fontalloro allows this bottling to do a bit of both. Lovely red fruit with savory herb, licorice, and chocolate are matched by long tannins with plenty of acid to help give the wine structure and length. While there is a density to the wine it stills pulls off being fresh and energetic, truly a great find.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Savory red fruit, dried herbs, mocha and leather are the hallmarks of this wine. Great restraint and length here as well, especially considering how hot 2011 was in Tuscany. It's a vintage that demands some selectivity, depending on what characteristics you gravitate towards. With a few years of bottle age on it already, the wine still has plenty left in the tank. Ten years at least in my opinion. There is no shortage of price to value ratio here - a true drink or hold.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Produced for nearly three decades, Fontalloro remains one of the reference-point examples of pure Sangiovese, and one of the few that you can still find for such an immensely reasonable price considering its pedigree. On the nose it is textbook Sangiovese all the way with strawberry, licorice, and a touch of vanilla and leather. Superb purity on the palate, it has a core of bright red cherry, red plum, and mouthwatering acidity that sustains a clean and lingering finish. It is texturally seamless and barely showing any age at all approaching six years from the vintage. All of these pieces culminate in a wine that will age gracefully for the next fifteen-plus years (although even as a pop-and-pour right now it is extremely dynamic and rewarding). A superb vintage of Fontalloro.


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