Chianti Classico DOCG

Fontodi

Pronunciation
fawn-TOE-dee KYAN-tee
Year
Current
Type
Red
Winery
Fontodi
Region
Toscana
Oenologist
Giovanni Manetti and Franco Bernabei (consultant)

Overview

Few properties in Tuscany are as immaculately tended, or produce such meticulously made wines, as Fontodi. The Manetti family has owned the estate since 1968 and has worked with winemaker Franco Bernabei since 1979. A new cellar was installed for the 1998 vintage. All the fermentation tanks are equipped for pneumatic punching down of the cap and the increase in colour, extraction and flavour of the resulting wine is remarkable. The winery also uses gravitational flow to lessen the use of pumps to transfer wine from tank to tank during the wine making and conditioning periods.

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
100% Sangiovese
Vinification
Fermentation and maceration in s s tanks for 16 to 18 days with frequent punching down of the cap. Racking in oak, spontaneous malolactic fermentation
Aging
1 year in French Allier barrels and another in botte (larger oak) for another year.
Alcohol
13.5%
| Appearance
Ruby red
| Aroma
Perfumes of cherries and fresh red fruit mingle with spicy, peppery notes.
| Taste
The wine is smooth and rich on the palate, with soft tannins.
| Serving Suggestions
Serve with grilled and roasted red meats including lamb, beef and game, as well as favourite pastas with meat sauce and aged pecorino cheese.

Chianti Classico DOCG

Suggested Retail:
$40.00
CSPC#:
718655
Available Sizes:
375ml
750ml
Bottles Per Case:
12

Reviews

Wine Spectator October 2008 - James Suckling - 90 points

2006 Chianti Classico - Beautiful aromas of rich plum and black cherry follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Drink now. 14,000 cases made.