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2015 Fèlsina "Fontalloro" Toscana

SKU #1359881 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months. Some 30,000 bottles were produced. (ML) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows serious density and balance with a blackberry, licorice and blueberry character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Sleek and racy. Structured yet wonderfully polished. Inner quote mark (9/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This red is savory and fruity, offering black cherry, blackberry, plum, leather, spice and underbrush flavors, matched to a firm matrix of tannins. Just a bit on the rustic side now, with beefy tannins, yet balanced overall. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2035.B.S. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2018 | Send Email
For Felsina, Fontalloro represents their finest expression of Sangiovese. It's great even in the weakest of vintages which makes their 2015 a real show stopper. Although this exceptional Tuscan red has loads of fruit and can be appreciated today, it is sure to blossom with ample cellaring. Definitely one of the best Tuscan buys of the 2015 vintage.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2018 | Send Email
This is one of the great wines of Italy. I’ve been buying bottles of this wine since the 1999 vintage. The wine ages slowly and gracefully. There are few pleasures in life greater than drinking an aged bottle of world class Sangiovese accompanied by your favorite cut of grilled meat. The aromatics, the lustful savory character…it’s almost too much to handle. But do try. I implore you. By the way, this Fontalloro comes from one of the greatest vintages in recent Tuscan history.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about how spectacular the 2015 vintage is in Tuscany but I’m going to try and go over it once again, it’s really freakin great. Felsina’s Fontalloro is a 100% Sangiovese from vineyards that stretch across Chianti Classico’s southern border. The nose is savory, this is no fruit bomb it is full of smoke, porcini, Tuscan dust and an umami like salted plum character. On the palate this wine is broad, supple and luscious it just flows across your tongue silky smooth. The flavors fill in a bit more and you find plum interspersed with wild cherry touches of leather and earth fills out the array. The finish is full bodied, you can feel the highly polished, sweet tannins but they’re just background noise alluding to future longevity but they don’t actually distract from you from thinking of drinking it now, long, very well balanced with just a bit of youthful richness. An exceptional wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2037

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
A towering achievement from Fontalloro. This wine pulls off being big, yet balanced in an impressive way. It's dense and intense. I have to second Gary's notes regarding it shining with a tri-tip. It continued to unfurl over the course of the evening and was a bottle we kept going back to (impressive considering there were easily 40 open wines to choose from). It's a bottle that you'll find yourself gravitating towards over and over again.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
Fontalloro is one of those wines that ages beautifully but carries a price-point that makes it all-too-easy to pull the cork. One of the world's great Sangioveses, and one of the top Super Tuscans for the money, it is a joy in great vintages like 2015. It starts of with exceptional aromatics that are highlighted by extremely focused and bright red fruits and hints of baking spices. Lined with explosive acidity, the palate is fresh with layers of tart red fruits and plentiful, but very fine tannin. There's great purity here from start to finish. Very tightly wound, there is tons of potential here but it is already flat-out delicious. Give it a nice long decant if drinking young, or hold for five years before drinking over the following 10-15.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
The Fontalloro from Felsina was one of the stars of our staff barbeque this past Sunday night. It is a dense, dry, serious, dark fruited super tuscan, but it opened up beautifully with the sous vide buttery tri-tip that Chantel brought and finished on the grill. This is a big wine, and it will age beautifully.
Drink from 2018 to 2035

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
Shortly after pouring the 2015 Felsina Fontalloro for colleagues and then myself, I nosed the contents of my glass and half listened to the shop talk dispensed around the tasting room. A few minutes later, I was still lost in the aromatics of this beautfiul Fontalloro, and reminded myself that I ought to actually taste it! Macerated wild berries and kirsch flirt together on the nose, which leads to a dense and structured, intensely fruited palate; it's as if Fontalloro and Rancia traded places this year in that the Fontalloro seems like the relative heavyweight whereas I had thought it's typically the other way around? I'm no Felsina expert, but with wines as consistently delicious and rewarding as theirs, I'm happy to continue the work of figuring it all out by tasting. And buying (and drinking).

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