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2014 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana

SKU #1356575 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve will probably drink well a bit earlier than the Vigna del Sorbo, as it has more midpalate creaminess, softer contours and a slightly more immediate personality. Even so, the translucent finesse of the vintage is very much in evidence. A rush of black cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice, chocolate and spice infuses the sweet, creamy finish. The 2014 spent 18 months in oak (less than was once the norm), 80% of it new. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Like the Vigna del Sorbo, the 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve spends a few additional months in botte grande than usual. The wine still breathes in large oak cask, but the environment is slightly more reductive (oxygen-free) compared to smaller barrique, thus allowing for a more complete and slower integration that is necessary in a cool vintage like this. The result is a beautifully complete wine that takes a few minutes to spread its wings. The bouquet starts off with a timid personality, but soon reaches a full regime of red fruit and spice that is so specific to this celebrated selection of Sangiovese from Panzano in Chianti. The September heat (following a gray, soggy summer) helped to eventually achieve fully ripened tannins. There is no greenness or astringency to disturb the soft and velvety mouthfeel. Thanks to severe fruit selection, production of the 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve is one-third less than average. Giovanni Manetti calls 2014 'a vintage of opportunity.' Although Panzano saw less average rainfall in 2014 compared to neighboring villages, Fontodi vineyards required double the work that year. This is an impressive achievement. (ML) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Balancing structure and finesse, this full-bodied red delivers aromas and flavors of black-skinned berry, licorice, exotic spice and raspberry compote. Tightly knit, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity provide the ageworthy backbone. Drink 2020–2024. *Cellar Selection* (KO) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Well-marked by toasty, vanilla-scented oak, this red boasts a core of cherry, floral, tobacco and graphite flavors. Pure and intense, with fine harmony and an aftertaste that echoes fruit and a smoky, minerally element. Terrific length. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2040. (BS) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is an excellent 2014 with beautiful linear fruit and silky, firm tannins. Full body, tight and bright. A lot of new wood showing now but should come around nicely. Drink in 2019. Inner quote mark (8/2017)


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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2018 | Send Email
This wine is 100% Sangiovese and a small marvel of class and power, especially when the vintage is taken into account. There is wonderful richness of fruit, which melds beautifully with the aristocratic oak, giving spicy scents which come through on the palate, dark-fruit, ripe strawberries with concentrated aromas of blackberries, dark coco powder and stony minerals. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and an incredibly long finish, will age very well.

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