Vintage: 2013
Bottle sizes: 375 ML, 750 ML
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Appellation: IGT Toscana
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Sangiovese
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: The Fontalloro or Poggio al Sole vineyard, within Chianti Classico, and the Casalino and Arcidossino vineyards, within the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation.
Orientation: Southwest at 400 m in elevation.
Soil: Markedly calcareous in Chianti Classico and predominantly loamy and sandy bordering the Crete senesi.
Viticulture: Practicing biodynamic. Hand-harvested.
Vinification: After de-stemming and pressing, 28-30oC fermentation with automatic daily punch-downs, followed by 16-20 day maceration.
Aging: 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.
Production: 3,335 cases made.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 96
Gorgeous and soft, the 2013 Fontalloro is another landmark wine from this classic vintage. There is enormous intensity here and the wine is only at the beginning of its long aging trajectory. I suggest you put off drinking it for five to ten more years. There is evident thickness and generosity here, especially in the way those bold fruit favors are woven between dark spice and leather. There are sour accents on the close that remind you of the wine's youth. The tannins are fine and well integrated.