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2011 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana

SKU #1288298 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of dark chocolate, berries, toasted nuts and vanilla bean follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of intense, beautiful fruit. Tight, layered red. All there. Inner quote mark (11/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Fontalloro is a pure expression of Sangiovese with fruit sourced from the Chianti Classico area and the Colli Senesi area. It ages in new and once-used barrique for up to 22 months. Aromas flow with authority, spanning a large swath of fruit and oak-related attributes. The best part, however, is the aromatic layering: Slices of bright cherry fruit, dark chocolate, polished river stone and tilled earth peel back fluidly. It shows a superior sense of integration and balance. (ML) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Felsina's 2011 Fontalloro is wonderfully expressive today. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, rose petal and sweet spices all blossom in the glass. Impeccably layered and sensual, the 2011 captures all the best qualities of the year. Sweet floral and red-toned notes burst with great energy on the structured finish. Fontalloro seems to have come a long way over the last few years. The 2011 is another drop-dead gorgeous beauty. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A firm, linear red, featuring black cherry, black currant, leather, tobacco and tar notes on a dense frame. This persistent version builds to a long fruit-, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Combines power and finesse, and should age beautifully. (BS) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Darkest ruby with black core. Very ripe, almost over-ripe cherry fruit but just on the right side of the line. Some dried fruits and fruit cake. Has those same dried fruits on the palate but the acidity and the spice and dense tannin structure take you well away from the sweet fruit. Deliciously savoury and dry on the palate. Needs time. 18/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2018 | Send Email
There isn't much more I can say about the flavor profile of this wine that hasn't already been described by my colleagues so I will contribute this: this is a wine to enjoy now as it's sitting in its perfect drinking window. All of the elements are balanced and completely satisfying on the palate and I can't keep my nose out of the glass. Fantastic.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2018 | Send Email
This boasts a deep ruby/purple color, lots of black cherries, raspberries, and currants with hints spice, Tuscan dust and minerals. There is a great texture on this full- bodied wine; it has a long, authoritative finish that combines power with elegance. I would drink this now and over the next couple of years.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/26/2017 | Send Email
The Super Tuscan category is a great place to look for value these days and Felsina produces one of the finest Sangiovese based wines in the zone. Their 'Fontalloro' is a selection of high and low altitude fruit that weds the best characteristics of Sangiovese. That, coupled with the warmth of the 2011 vintage, make this exceptional to drink now or hold for a few years. It's surprisingly fresh for the vintage and brimming with ripe, flavorful and densly packed fruit. We're glad we went long on this one.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is gorgeous; it shows a bit more ripeness, more dark plum, cocoa with bits of dried flower. On the palate this wine has the richness that one would expect from a warmer vintage like 2011 but this isn’t a wine that is over-ripe at all, it just gives it a bit more flesh and breadth and there is a silky presence on the palate. The flavors are deep, chocolaty with delicate hints of barrel spice; Fontalloro only goes in second year barrique, followed by bits of earth, leather and cigar ash. This wine has structure, it’s just not a flaccid fruit bomb it has tannin, power and a long life ahead of it.
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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2017 | Send Email
Beautiful Sangiovese that remarkably can either be enjoyed now or placed in a cellar for a few years. In 2011 the ripeness of the vintage lead to beautiful easy to enjoy friendly wines that are not necessarily the ones to lay down, but the restraint and elegance shown by the Fontalloro allows this bottling to do a bit of both. Lovely red fruit with savory herb, licorice, and chocolate are matched by long tannins with plenty of acid to help give the wine structure and length. While there is a density to the wine it stills pulls off being fresh and energetic, truly a great find.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
Savory red fruit, dried herbs, mocha and leather are the hallmarks of this wine. Great restraint and length here as well, especially considering how hot 2011 was in Tuscany. It's a vintage that demands some selectivity, depending on what characteristics you gravitate towards. With a few years of bottle age on it already, the wine still has plenty left in the tank. Ten years at least in my opinion. There is no shortage of price to value ratio here - a true drink or hold.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
Produced for nearly three decades, Fontalloro remains one of the reference-point examples of pure Sangiovese, and one of the few that you can still find for such an immensely reasonable price considering its pedigree. On the nose it is textbook Sangiovese all the way with strawberry, licorice, and a touch of vanilla and leather. Superb purity on the palate, it has a core of bright red cherry, red plum, and mouthwatering acidity that sustains a clean and lingering finish. It is texturally seamless and barely showing any age at all approaching six years from the vintage. All of these pieces culminate in a wine that will age gracefully for the next fifteen-plus years (although even as a pop-and-pour right now it is extremely dynamic and rewarding). A superb vintage of Fontalloro.

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