2010 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana

SKU #1189549 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From an iconic vintage that gave generously to all grape varieties across almost all of Tuscany, this wine ranks high on the Fontodi billboard of greatest hits. The 2010 Flaccianello della Pieve is a rock solid wine that sits firm and begins to peel slowly, each delicate layer at a time. It puts on quite a show with a solid core of dark fruit followed by smoke, spice, tar, licorice and delicate blue flower. On previous tastings of this vintage, I had scored it 97 and 97+ points, respectively. I'm going down one point at this sitting because the wine's fiber has unraveled, ever so slightly, at the edges. It still maintains that solid core, but the wine has taken an important jump forward in its evolution these past three years. Evidently, it is currently in a phase of relaxation and unwinding. Beautifully polished notes of Mediterranean herb and dried mint appear on the long, glossy finish. Giovanni Manetti compares the 2010 vintage to 2006 but considers this vintage slightly more approachable overall. (ML) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A rush of intense blue and black stone fruits, tobacco, smoke, licorice, spices and new leather hits the palate in the 2010 Flaccianello. A wine of considerable immediacy and intensity, the 2010 captivates all the senses with its magnificent richness and pure texture. There is so much to like here. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A linear, taut version, somewhat austere in profile, with racy acidity driving the black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Intense and persistent, it's long and more mineral than the '11 at this stage. (BS) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark After a chilly, wet start, the weather finally became dry and hot in July. Following mid-August showers, the temperatures cooled down, particularly at night. These conditions lasted through September, slowing down ripening. Manetti compares 2010 to 2006 but feels the latter is more approachable. Of the line-up, it comes across as the most darkly-fruited and brooding, with a smouldering, smoky vanilla edge. There's plenty of intensity and power to keep the wine going, but it needs more time to lighten up. (MM) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows plums and currants with blackberries. Full body with soft tannins and a fruity finish. Very fruity and delicious. Made from 100% organically grown Sangiovese grape. Inner quote mark (9/2013)

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