1995 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana

SKU #1073410 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A 100% Sangiovese that goes beyond Chianti Classico and then surpasses most of the Brunellos currently on the market. Some might find it expensive, but the value quotient is phenomenal given the quality. With this stunning Super Tuscan it is all about the vineyard, which lies on the southern border of the Chianti Classico region.  (11/1999)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a fascinating old vintage that is showing surprisingly well today. The 1995 Fontalloro was born in what was an irregular and difficult vintage. But time has healed any inconsistencies and the wine is showing spectacular tertiary aromas now. Smoke, tar, licorice and dried berry fruit emerge from the glass. The wine is a pure expression of Sangiovese and you get a great sense of the grape's aging potential here. Silky, smooth tannins give the wine an elegant and long-lasting character. (ML)  (10/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Reticent aromas of cassis, black cherry, woodsmoke and tobacco. Extremely backward and tight on the palate, with the firm structure of the vintage. Not yet showing its flesh. But finishes with superb persistence and ripe tannins. Classic sangiovese, built for the long haul. Just released. A barrel sample of the '97, due out in the fall of 2001, was a dense, thick knockout, with extraordinary aromatics and tannins that reached every nook and cranny of the palate. (ST)  (1/2000)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and chunky red. Well-structured and balanced. A bounty of dark chocolate and ripe cherries on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a long, clean fruit finish. (JS)  (11/1999)

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan