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Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014

Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014

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"A powerful, structured wine, the 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo won't be ready to drink for a number of years, much less be at its best. In recent years, the Sorbo has been much more forward, but the 2014 is decidedly austere and ungiving. Graphite, smoke, black cherry, plum and licorice notes infuse the dark, mysterious finish. Drinking window: 2024-2044. 95+ points

This is a gorgeous set of wines from Fontodi and proprietor Giovanni Manetti. The 2014s are nervous, tightly wound wines that are going to need a number of years to fully unwind, but they are full of potential. I also had a chance to revisit the 2013 flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello, both of which are as tremendous as they have always been. Gentler winemaking, a move towards casks for aging the Chianti Classico and a reduction of the amount of time the Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello spend in French oak are some of the stylistic shifts that have taken place at Fontodi in recent years. These wines have never been as polished and finessed as they are today."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/18)