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Fontodi Vin Santo 2008 (375ml)

Fontodi Vin Santo 2008 (375ml)

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"The copper-colored 2008 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is somehow both intense and also remarkably fresh. Burnt sugar, caramel, dried herbs and spice all resonate in this vivid, deeply expressive wine. As always, Fontodi excels with a rich, unctuous style of Vin Santo. The 2008, though, has terrific freshness and more than enough acidity to play off the richer elements. The 110 grams per liter of residual sugar are not especially evident. This is a spectacular Vin Santo by any measure. Drinking window: 2018-2028. 97 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)