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  • Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2018

    £52.99

    “The 2018 Fontalloro is bright, floral and full of energy. In most vintages, Fontalloro is quite open, but the 2018 is especially nervy and taut. That won’t be an issue in time, of course, but readers should plan on being patient. Sangiovese is so expressive here. A whole range of floral and savory accents lingers on the close.  Drinking window: 2026-2043. 95 points

    These new releases from Fèlsina will give readers a very good idea of the style of current vintages. The Fèlsina Chianti Classicos have generally been wines of power. What impresses me most about the flagship Rancia and Colonia in 2018 is their finesse. Readers on a budget will want to check out the straight Chianti Classico, a wine that offers superb quality and value, yet also has the potential to age. In short, this is another stellar set of wines from the team led by Giuseppe Mazzocolin and Giovanni Poggiali. Fèlsina fans will also want to check out the wines of sister estates Castello di Farnetella and Pagliarese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Vigneto Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

    £51.95

    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is an absolutely stunning wine. The archetype of Rancia in the past has been of a big, potent Chianti Classico but in 2018, Rancia is a wine of mind-blowing elegance and finesse. Silky, perfumed and indescribably finessed, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. It’s a magical wine in every way. Drinking window: 2026-2048. 97 points

    These new releases from Fèlsina will give readers a very good idea of the style of current vintages. The Fèlsina Chianti Classicos have generally been wines of power. What impresses me most about the flagship Rancia and Colonia in 2018 is their finesse. Readers on a budget will want to check out the straight Chianti Classico, a wine that offers superb quality and value, yet also has the potential to age. In short, this is another stellar set of wines from the team led by Giuseppe Mazzocolin and Giovanni Poggiali. Fèlsina fans will also want to check out the wines of sister estates Castello di Farnetella and Pagliarese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Case Via Syrah 2019

    £41.75

    “The 2019 Syrah Case Via is powerful, inky and expressive. A blast of inky dark fruit, espresso, licorice, cloves, game and leather infuses the 2019 with notable depth. This virile, somber Syrah has plenty to offer. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2019

    £26.49

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico is fresh, vibrant and so expressive. Aromatic and expansive, with terrific nuance, the 2019 is one of the most elegant Chianti Classicos l have tasted at Fontodi. Crushed flowers, red/purplish fruit, spice, lavender and pipe tobacco build into the delineated, vibrant finish. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 93+ points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Dino 2019

    £39.95

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico Dino is bright, fresh and vibrant. Crushed flowers, spice, sage and red berry fruit give this bold, pungent 100% Sangiovese tons of aromatic and flavor intensity. The 2019 is deep and so expressive, but also light on its feet, with a feeling of transparency that is beguiling. The Dino was fermented and aged in amphora, where it spent 15 months prior to being bottled. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 94 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2019

    £25.95

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole is fruity, open-knit and delicious, all of which make it a fine choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. The mix of forward fruit and freshness from this high altitude site works so well. Bright red/purplish fruit, rose petal, mint and spice linger. This is such a classy wine. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 91 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2018

    £145.95

    “The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve is another stellar wine from Fontodi. It is the richest Flaccianello ever made (in terms of dry extract), with elevated acidity that trails the 2016 by just a touch, but it does not taste like that at all. Dark cherry, violet, lavender, spice, mocha and graphite build with a bit of time in the glass. Like the Sorbo, the 2018 Flaccianello is not a wine of size, as in most previous years, but rather a wine that exudes vibrancy, energy and class from start to finish. I absolutely loved it. Drinking window: 2025-2048. 100 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Vin Santo 2009 (375ml)

    £57.99

    “The 2009 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico (packaged in a 375-milliliter bottle) is an object of profound beauty. This extremely precious dessert wine pours from the bottle with thick and slow-moving waves of glycerin and sweetened richness. In fact, my fingers are sticking to my keyboard as I write this review. Aged in small caratelli barrels for 84 months, this Vin Santo shows a dark amber color with polished copper highlights. The bouquet is profoundly complex with dried fruit aromas of apricot and pineapple followed by brown sugar, maple syrup, toasted chestnut and savory tobacco. This is a full-bodied dessert wine that spreads over the palate with lasting intensity. In fact, you taste the wine in the mouth for many long minutes after you drink it. A mere 2,500 bottles exist. Drinking window: 2018-2060. 98 points

    The big news in Chianti Classico these past few months is that Fontodi’s Giovanni Manetti has been elected as the new president of the Consorzio Chianti Classico. He takes the reins from Sergio Zingarelli who was president for two very successful mandates that included the introduction of the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione category. I am very happy to hear of this change, mostly because I firmly believe that Giovanni’s genteel and non-confrontational personality will allow for a moment of reflection and unity in a growers’ association that has seen its share of controversy and infighting over the years. A mandate of tranquility would be the least we should expect of this new presidency. The most we can expect, however, is a stronger voice from growers over mapping and the delineation of subzones within the greater appellation, something I have been advocating. Giovanni Manetti and Fontodi represent the pinnacle of quality that can be achieved in this part of Tuscany. That he has become a symbolic head of the region only brings more prestige and pedigree to an appellation that demands our highest respect and admiration.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (239)

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  • Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2016

    £59.99

    “The Gaja family tends twenty-five hectares of vines between Tavernelle in the southwest of Montalcino and the Deserti area in the northeast. However, it’s only the vines in Tavernelle, a warm and dry part of Montalcino which is heavily influenced by the sea, that are used to create Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello, Sugarille. All of the other fruit goes into making a Brunello which is not submitted for reviews and instead marketed to restaurants. While the family doesn’t have any intention of making any changes to this structure, Giovanni Gaja spoke excitedly about a recent acquisition of five hectares in Bolsignano, a valley in the southeast with a very unique microclimate from their current holdings. This parcel sits at elevations between 350-400 meters in galestro soils, with a large diurnal shift between day and nighttime temperatures. Starting with the 2019 vintage, this fruit will help fuel the estate’s Brunello; yet the area is undergoing a replanting project with another five hectares coming on board over the next few years. Ultimately, with global warming in mind, the Gaja family will now have the ability to blend fruit from both north to south and east to west, allowing them to find balance from vintage to vintage. What’s more, the winery has also begun to slowly introduce large, forty-hectoliter barrels throughout the range, with the goal of finding a balance between them and the tonneaux that they have used prior. In 2016 the Rennina was matured in a mix of 70% two-year-old large casks, with only 30% in tonneaux, while the Sugarille was matured in a mix of 60% two-year-old large casks, with only 40% in tonneaux. In the end, whether in Piedmont, Maremma, Montalcino or Mount Etna, the Gaja family always has a firm eye on the future.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Giuseppe Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino 2019

    £39.95

    “Spontaneous fermentation in both tronconic oak cask made by Garbellotto and stainless-steel tank. Aged for nine months in 50-hl casks. 13,080 bottles and 250 magnums produced.

    Just mid ruby. Cool crushed cranberry and sour-cherry nose that is still a little closed. Subtle and deep with hints of oatmeal. Still embryonic. Elegant crushed berries and sour-cherry palate with gripping, long tannins. Minerally cherry finish. Overachieving Rosso di Montalcino that deserves a little more time in bottle. Drink: 2022-2028. 17.5 points”

    Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (06/21)

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  • Il Carnasciale Carnasciale 2017

    £69.95

    “The 2017 Carnasciale is absolutely gorgeous. Rich, expansive and beautifully layered, the 2017 delivers all the complexity of the Merlot/Cabernet Franc hybrid that is planted in the estate’s vineyards. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, espresso and leather all build as the 2017 shows of its alluring personality. The 2017 is a wine of pure and total allure. Drinking window: 2021-2032. 93 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 2016 (1500ml)

    £299.99

    “The 2016 Il Caberlot (Magnum) is a knock-out. Rich, ample and expansive, with superb intensity, the 2016 has so much to offer. A rush of red cherry jam, wild herbs, mocha, rose petal, mint and blood orange builds in a towering, explosive Caberlot that captures all of the personality of this unique Merlot/Cabernet Franc hybrid. Deep, plush and beautifully resonant, the 2016 is a total stunner. It is also one of the very finest vintages I have ever tasted here. In a word: magnificent! Drinking window: 2022-2041. 97 points

    The Rogosky family has made compelling wines at Il Carnasciale pretty much since the beginning, but the flagship Caberlot is truly sensational in 2016. Il Carnasicale’s unique Cabernet Franc/Merlot hybrid yields a wine of rare aromatic and flavor intensity that reaches a stunning peak of expression in 2016. Readers should also be on the lookout for Ottantadue, the estate’s new Sangiovese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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