Flaccianello della Pieve, Fontodi, Colli Toscana Centrale, Italy 2013

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Flaccianello della Pieve, Fontodi, Colli Toscana Centrale, Italy 2013

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The reason we love Flaccianello, over and above the fact that it is one of the finest wines made in Tuscany, is because it has never priced itself beyond the limits of common sense. Yes, it's expensive, a luxury wine, but it stands alongside and often outperforms many of the SuperTuscans, whose price tags would make an oligarch do a double-take.

In 2013, it has achieved its highest ever score in The Wine Advocate and tops the list of all 222 wine reviewed with 98 points, yet it's still plausibly-priced for a wine that is not only spectacular in its youth, but has the ability to age for two decades or more. It's one of the most glorious expressions of Sangiovese you will ever try!

The Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve is a commanding wine and a strong protagonist of both the vintage and its territory. Connoisseurs of Sangiovese will be hard pressed to find a wine more authentic, elegant, complex and pristine than this. I am a huge fan of the 2013 vintage in Chianti Classico and the Flaccianello della Pieva is one big reason for this love affair. The bouquet is gorgeous and delineated with wild berry, tangy spice, crushed mineral and forest flower. Yet, the wine's color is dark, brooding and austere. The wine offers exuberance and energy in the mouth, thanks to its balanced acidity and seemingly never-ending finish. It should age forward for twenty years or more. Congratulations Fontodi." 98 points

Jancis Robinson.com: "Deep cherry red. Distinctive aroma that combines both fresh dark fruit and a minty/balsamic note. Terrific freshness from both acidity and the lively tannic texture. Fine grained, firm, savoury with an umami spice on the finish and great length" 17.5 points

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