Flaccianello della Pieve, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy 2013

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Flaccianello della Pieve, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy 2013


The reason we love Flaccianello, over and above the fact that it takes Sangiovese to church, 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 force an oligarch to ask a plutocrat to lend him some money. 

In 2013, Flaccianello 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!

Press reviews:

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 Pieve 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 colour 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


Antonio Galloni: "Fontodi's 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve is a fabulous, riveting wine that grabs hold of all the senses. There is plenty of the richness and textural depth that have always been a Fontodi signature, but in the more contemporary style that seeks to marry power and elegance. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 is still very much in its inky, primary stage." 98 points

Jancis Robinson: “
So light and pure! Much more approachable than the Vigna del Sorbo. Really racy, this sings loudly. Spicy and glorious. Wonderful purity. Drink 2018-2035“ 18 points


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