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2017 Fèlsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1485654 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Fèlsina 2017 Fontalloro pours out of the bottle with a bang. This pure expression of Sangiovese is luscious and dark with thick layers of dark fruit, plum, cherry, leather and tilled earth. This hot-vintage edition shows good depth and intensity with lots of that black-fruit energy and extra concentration that is typical of this growing season. However, you can always count on Fontalloro to show balance, and that's exactly what you get here despite the adversity of the scorching summer season. That Sangiovese acidity remains intact and crisp. (ML) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Fontalloro is exquisite in 2017. It is also such a contrast to the Rancia, as the two wines could not possibly be more different. Fontalloro is bright and vibrant, with more sweet red Sangiovese character than the darker Rancia. It is also incredibly delicious now, even though it clearly has the energy to age for many years. The 2017 is one of the finest Fontalloros I can remember tasting. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark I like the clarity and linear quality to this with ripe-cherry and bark flavors. It’s full-bodied, though not heavy and ponderous. Racy and bright at the end. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark In the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the Fèlsina property spills over the Chianti Classico border into Chianti Colli Senesi. Fontalloro is a blend of vineyards from both sides. Artfully tousled, it captures Sangiovese's untamed side. Sunbaked herbs and irony earth permeate exuberant wild berries. There is plenty to chew on without being heavy and while tannins are a bit gritty, this has a ton of personality. (MM) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The flavors of cherry, strawberry and rose are pure, with a backbone of acidity and dense tannins for support. Iron and wild herb accents add depth as this red lingers, showing smoke and spice notes. Features a sense of urgency, driven by vivid acidity. The finish evokes energy. (BS) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2021 | Send Email
This 2017 Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese sourced from a 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 that classic structure, it should age very well. Tough to keep your hands off it now, though.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2021 | Send Email
One of the first all-Sangiovese Super Tuscans on the market, Fontalloro hails from a vineyard that sits astride Chianti Classico’s southern boundary. This is one of Tuscany’s all-time best values in collectible wine. The nose is a savory combination of salted plums and porcini dust with a concentrated, cassis-like fruit focus. On the palate, the fine-grained tannins are polished but give the wine a framework without intruding. Long, persistent, and just a baby, this wine is destined for greatness and a long life, but it’s so exceptionally well balanced you can drink it now.

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