Fontalloro Toscana IGT
Fontalloro is the most representative expression of Fèlsina’s Sangiovese. Fontalloro grapes come from vineyards straddling the border between Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi denomination.
Composed of 100% Sangiovese, the fruit is hand harvested before the selected bunches are destemmed and pressed. The must is fermented in stainless steel for two-to-three weeks before going into new French oak barrels for 18-22 months of maturation prior to the final assemblage. After that, there are a further 8-12 months of ageing in bottle.
The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months.
97 points, Wine Spectator, November 2018
This shows serious density and balance with a blackberry, licorice and blueberry character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavourful finish. Sleek and racy. Structured yet wonderfully polished. Drink in 2021.
96 points, jamessuckling.com, September 2018
Another impressive 2015, the Fontalloro is a wine of breadth, power and persistence. Today, the oak is still not fully integrated, but there is more than enough depth and resonance in the fruit to make me think that will happen.
92-95 points, Vinous, January 2018
This red is savoury and fruity, offering black cherry, blackberry, plum, leather, spice and underbrush flavours, matched to a firm matrix of tannins. Just a bit on the rustic side now, with beefy tannins, yet balanced overall. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2035.
94 points, October 2018