Always excellent, this 100% Sangiovese finds such elegance in the hands of Fontodi, elevated further by a fantastic vintage. A sudden drop in temperature at harvest lent a sublime concentration to the grapes which shines in the glass with deep color and dark fruit. Polished oak rounds out the appeal, adding aromas of leather, tobacco and spice. While we await official reviews, we can look back to 2017, which ranked as #26 in Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 of 2020.
Fontodi’s 2018 is one of the vintage’s denser annata. Besides lower rainfall in the area of Panzano, owner Giovanni Manetti also points to a sudden drop in nighttime temperatures just before the harvest - close to 0°C - which dried the grapes slightly, giving extra concentration. A deeply coloured, dark fruited, full-bodied Chianti Classico with polished oak nuances, it offers up aromas of leather, tobacco, black plum and spice. It flexes its muscles on the palate with layers of ripe tannins but allows space for the pure blackcurrant to ring out. You could forget about this in the cellar for a couple of years.