Fontodi Chianti Classico 2018
100% Sangiovese. Tenuta Fontodi is Chianti's class act. Renowned for its Super Tuscan Flaccianello and the Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon favorite Vigna del Sorbo, the estate’s Chianti Classico is unflinchingly reliable. Winemaking in the timeless land of Chianti Classico dates back to the 8th century, and the term “Chianti” was applied to wine as far back as 1398, and the wholly organic Tenuta Fontodi is one of many existing estates that can trace their lineage back to these historic times. Resting near Panzano in the epicenter of Toscana's viticulture, Fontodi's vines enjoy a southern aspect in a natural amphitheater and marl soil. These optimum conditions allow the grapes to ripen perfectly, therefore creating wines of great character and structure. The natural potential of the grapes combined with the leadership of Marco and Giovanni Manetti makes for perfection in winemaking. Their Chianti Classico is a gold standard for the region. Aged in botti (large barrels) and from the blessed 2018 vintage, this single-varietal Sangiovese is deeply colored, dark-fruited, full-bodied wine with polished oak nuances, it offers up aromas of leather, tobacco, black plum, and spice. It flexes its muscles on the palate with layers of ripe tannins but allows space for the pure blackcurrant to ring out. One cannot go wrong with one of the best Tuscan producers of the day.