Fontodi's 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve is a fabulous, riveting wine that grabs hold of all the senses. There is plenty of the richness and textural depth that have always been a Fontodi signature, but in the more contemporary style that seeks to marry power and elegance. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 is still very much in its inky, primary stage. (AG)
A warm rather than hot vintage with cool periods throughout. Harvest was relatively late, commencing at the beginning of October. Manetti tells me he reduced the time in barriques to 18 months, with the remaining six months spent in large casks - for this and subsequent vintages. This is so elegantly proportioned and refined, with ethereal fragrances of wild flowers and forest berries. The buoyant palate almost belies its depth and the finish resonates with minerality. A pure expression of Sangiovese and proof that a wine does not need to be large and brawny to be excellent or ageworthy. (MM)
Very precise and focused with blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Chewy tannins and tight. Full body, fabulous density and length. A classic. Needs five or six years to completely open but so beautiful in its youth. Real deal. From organically grown grapes.
The gorgeous 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve is going through a closed phase at the moment. Let's give the wine a few more years to sort itself out. This window of momentary shyness is a very encouraging sign when you consider how far this wine will travel to complete its evolutionary path. This vintage saw a cool spring that got the season off to a late start. Mild summer temperatures meant that the harvest also came later, with fruit picked the first week of October. The natural characteristics of this vintage include higher total acidity, increased tannic structure and slightly lower alcohol content. The 2013 Flaccianello hits the trifecta of positive potential aging attributes. Indeed, the wine is almost rigid and nervous at this early stage in its adolescence. Like proud parents, we will wait and watch this bottle blossom over time. (ML)
Made entirely with organically farmed Sangiovese, this opens with aromas mature black-skinned fruit, French oak, exotic spice and a whiff of blue flower. The vibrant palate is both elegant and structured, delivering juicy black cherry, pomegranate, mocha, licorice and a potpourri of cooking spice. It's well balanced, with bright acidity and fine-grained tannins. It already dazzles, but hold for even more complexity. *Cellar Selection* (KO)
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