2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo

Highly Rated
Among Italy's best, this is a single vineyard icon from a true Tuscan master. Structured for the cellar. Impressively dense, dark and muscular.

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With stunning hillside vineyards, olive groves and a herd of magnificent Chianina cattle, Fontodi may seem like a Tuscan oasis, but it doesn’t just trade on its stunning landscapes.

Vigna del Sorbo is hillside single vineyard, all planted to Sangiovese save for a splash of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon.

Muscular and dense with dark plum, licorice and dusty terracotta, give this powerful structure some time to soften in the cellar and you’ll be in for some of the best drinking Tuscany has to offer.

Vigna del Sorbo is a single vineyard sitting in the hillside amphitheatre known as the Conca d'Oro.

At an altitude of 400m above sea level, Fontodi's vines are south and south west facing, planted on galestro, the classic well drained shale soils of the Chianti Classico region.

All Sangiovese, save for a tiny percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), this is aged in French oak barriques over 24 months.

Region: Tuscany, Italy
Blend: Sangiovese blend
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Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - “The Fontodi 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is expressive, dark and thickly concentrated. I received my samples early and found that this wine was a little shy or slow to open in this early phase. If given extra time, the bouquet warms up to dark fruit, plum, rum cake and dried violet. I came back to the wine about two hours later and discovered a pretty note of crushed aspirin or carbon, with more crushed flower. The oak adds sweet spice and scorched earth, but these too will integrate with time. From a hot and dry vintage, I'd easily give this edition of Vigna del Sorbo a 15- or 20-year drinking window.” - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate)

96 Points - "The 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is a dense, packed wine. It is also surprisingly, almost shockingly backward. That is probably a good thing for its long-term aging prospects. Readers hoping to get an early glimpse into the 2017 before it shuts down may have a hard time doing that, as today acids and tannin dominate. I expect the 2017 will be stellar in another 4-5 years and drink well to age 25-30 if not longer." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

95 Points - "Powerful, tight red with currant and plum character. Hints of new wood and bark. Full-bodied with dark berries and hints of dark chocolate, as well as other dark fruit. Flavourful finish. Solid. Needs time to open." - JamesSuckling.com

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