1995 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana
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.
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)
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)
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)