Fontodi is one of the great wine producers in Tuscany today, located in the town of Panzano in a valley called 'Conca d'Oro' or the golden shell due to its fertile soil, sun exposure, and amphitheater shape. The Fontodi family has been making wine since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries, formerly known for their production of Terracotta. The Estate owns 130 hectares tended to organically, with 70 dedicated to vines. Flaccianello della Pieve is a selection of the Estate's best Sangiovese vines and spends extended time (24 months) aging in oak (Troncais and Allier barrels). The 2017 is a lovely example of this fantastic Tuscan. Almost as good as the 2018, but about half the price, the 2017 is an excellent buy for Fontodi and should drink well on the earlier side. We have a limited amount at this almost unheard-of pricing for Fontodi, coming highly recommended.
Antonio Galloni 97 pts! "The 2017 Flaccianello della Pieve is fabulous. Dark, sensual and enveloping, the 2017 captures the essence of the house style in its textural richness and baritone inflections. Black cherry, plum, spice, new leather, licorice and chocolate infuse the 2017 with tremendous richness. The 2017 spent 18 months in barrique followed by 6 months in cask, the same aging regime as the Vigna del Sorbo, but with a bit more new oak. That approach worked very well, as the Flaccianello stands out for its exceptional textural elegance and finesse. It is a positively stellar wine. (Drink between 2025 - 2042)"
Wine Advocate ( Monica Larner) 96 pts! "The Fontodi 2017 Flaccianello della Pieve is a standout wine of the dry vintage. This pure Sangiovese opens to a dark garnet color with more visible concentration and density compared to recent past editions. This is a beautiful wine with pliant tannins, dark fruit richness, balanced acidity and a fruit-forward 15% alcohol content. The wine is big and bold when weighed on the Flaccianello scale (and even more so when weighed on the Sangiovese scale) with dark cherry, plum, spice, violet, chalk and campfire ash. Despite that power and inner opulence, this wine adds that zesty Sangiovese character with fresh acidity and an energized approach. This Flaccianello is whole and complete with the natural firmness and structure to hold it steady during the aging process. A small part of amphorae-aged fruit is added to the blend."