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2015 Fèlsina "Fontalloro" Toscana

SKU #1359881 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (10/2018)

96 points James Suckling

 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.  (9/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/2018)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2018 | Send Email
This 2015 Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese sourced from few different vineyards and is simply beautiful. The opulent, forward fruit that is typical of the year is present, but a firm sense of structure keeps things from going over the top. If that sounds appealing you’ll love this wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices come together beautifully and with 2015 structure should age very well, tough to keep your hands off this wine.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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

Staff Image 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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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan