2004 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Colli della Toscana Centrale

SKU #1031434 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2004 Flaccianello della Pieve is super elegant, polished and impeccably refined, just as it always has been. At the same time, it is one of the bigger 2004s from Tuscany readers will come across. Dark red berries, flowers, spices and menthol are layered into the finish. Today the aromatics aren’t fully developed, but that should not be an issue in another few years. There is plenty of underlying structure to support many years of fine drinking. The quality of the tannins is particularly fine, especially next to the other great Flaccianellos. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bouquet of cedar, sandalwood, decaying cherry and black currant leads off. It's followed by a sleek and well-toned frame, with bright fruit, spice and tobacco notes. Complex, integrated and long on the aftertaste. *Top 100 Wine of 2007* (BS) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark On first inspection, the 2004 and 2005 vintages were neck in next in terms of immediate appeal, but following further inspection, the 2004 Flaccianello della Pieve came out ahead as my favorite of the two. This vintage shows a greater sense of depth and dimension with a more pronounced point of sharp acidity down deep at the core. This makes a lasting difference. This growing season saw a late harvest (with fruit coming off the vines starting October 5th), and as has been so well documented in this retrospective, Sangiovese loves the longest growing seasons. The bouquet shows fading primary aromas, but the wine still holds strong and still resists any signs of flattening oxidation. Spicy notes of cured meat and bresaola cede to toasted nuts, tar and barbecue smoke. That savory signature is stronger in this vintage (compared to 2005), but it never feels too heavy or thick. In fact, this wine is still tightly wound at the center. It is humming along very nicely. (ML) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium-deep red. Multifaceted nose offers red- and blackcurrant, flowers, tobacco and licorice, accented by an elegant mineral quality. This displays incredible freshness, with a delicate balsamic quality perfectly framing the red and dark fruit flavors. Finishes extremely long, with spectacularly suave tannins. (ID) Inner quote mark (8/2007)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Here's a standout Sangiovese-based super Tuscan with a very unique peppermint-like characteristic that helps to increase the wine's intensity and delicious overall effect. Beyond that layer of fresh mint are softer aromas of earth, white mineral, talc powder, pencil lead, cherry and spice. The wine has a strong mineral component. Inner quote mark (5/2008)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very dark, intense and smoky on the nose. Tight and fresh. This tastes pretty modernist in style. Firm and very youthful. 17/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

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