Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2018

Rated 95 Vinous Media – "The 2018 Fontalloro is bright, floral and full of energy. In most vintages, Fontalloro is quite open, but the 2018 is especially nervy and taut. That won’t be an issue in time, of course, but readers should plan on being patient. Sangiovese is so expressive here. A whole range of floral and savory accents lingers on the close."

Rated (93-94) James Suckling – "A tight and intense, pure sangiovese with density in the center palate and a linear and racy tannin texture. Bright and long. Balanced and harmonious."

As far as value goes in the land of Super-Tuscans, Felsina’s Fontalloro is always one of the best buys in the market. With many of the big guns now well into the hundreds of dollars per bottle, this delicious wine way over delivers for its relatively modest price.


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Region: Italy, Tuscany
Grape: Sangiovese
Farming: Practicing organic and biodynamic
Vineyards: The Fontalloro or Poggio al Sole vineyard, within Chianti Classico, and the Casalino and Arcidossino vineyards, within the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation. Southwest exposure at 400 m in elevation.
Soils: Markedly calcareous in Chianti Classico and predominantly loamy and sandy bordering the Crete senesi.
Winemaking: After de-stemming and pressing, 28-30oC fermentation with automatic daily punch-downs, followed by 16-20 day maceration. The wine was then drawn off, underwent malolactic fermentation, and went into barriques in March-April for 18-20 months. It was blended in stainless steel, then aged in glass 8-12 months.


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