Scores are traditionally through the roof on this spectacular wine from Fontodi, and 2019 looks to be another particularly good vintage. From the fruit of a south-west facing vineyard with 40+ year old Sangiovese vines, this is red fruit to the core with focused acidity and harmonious tannins. Powerful and poised, with wonderful cellar potential, we’re looking at another unforgettable offering from this consistently tremendous estate in the heart of Chianti Classico.
The 2019 Chianti Classico Grab Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is a potent, virile wine endowed with tremendous depth and equally imposing tannins. A blast of dark fruit, herbs, chocolate, menthol and spice races of out of the glass. Large-scaled tannins and hints of rusticity suggest the 2019 won’t be one of the most finessed Sorbos, but it is a fine effort for the year.
At an elevation of 400 metres, Vigna del Sorbo boasts Chianti Classico’s classic Galestro soil. The warm southwest-facing vineyard typically yields a powerful, intense wine in need of ageing. The 2019 demonstrates all the wild, penetrating characteristics of this site but it comes into harmony quickly, revealing its balance and precision. Wood-driven top notes of smoke and vanilla meld into pressed violets, rosemary and liquorice. Luscious red cherry and dark plum flesh are wrapped in long, layered chalky tannins. Across the palate there's an energetic beam of unwavering acidity, giving the wine a linear feel. The finish reverberates with fennel and crushed stone. Drinking Window 2026 – 2042” 03/22 Michaela Morris