Chianti Classico Riserva “Vigna del Sorbo” Cru DOCG

Fontodi

Pronunciation
VEEN-ya del SOAR-bow
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. A new cellar was installed for the 1998 vintage. Sorbo is made with fruit grown in the Vigna del Sorbo vineyard. The vines are 25 years old, and the vineyard is situated at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level and faces south/south-west. 10% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vinification
Varieties were fermented separately in s s tanks for 18 days. During fermentation and maceration the cap is submerged 2 x per day. Racked into oak.
Aging
Malo fermentation in barriques, 18 mos in oak + 6 in bottle.
Alcohol
13.5 %
| Appearance
Deep ruby red.
| Aroma
Intense on the nose showing red berry with black fruit and spice.
| Taste
Ripe tannins, giving backbone to the powerful fruit character. Great length and power.
| Serving Suggestions
Full flavored red meat dishes and aged cheeses.

Chianti Classico Riserva “Vigna del Sorbo” Cru DOCG

Suggested Retail:
$77.00
CSPC#:
702852
Available Sizes:
750ml
Bottles Per Case:
6

Reviews

Wine Advocate - June 07 - Antonio Galloni - 95 points

The 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is a deeply-flavored effort, with layers of black cherries, minerals and sweet toasted oak that flow from the glass in a stunning expression of contemporary Chianti. With air lovely balsamic notes appear, completing this magnificent, elegant wine, which should provide highly pleasurable drinking to age 20.

Wine Spectator - October 2008 - James Suckling - 90 points

Needs air to coax out the superrich vein of black cherry and ripe plum fruit, with hints of fresh earth and herbs. Full-bodied, with a supersilky texture that firms up the finish. There's lots of new oak, but this is well-constructed. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.