2017 Fontodi "Filetta di Lamole" Chianti Classico

SKU #1544115 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Chewy and rich with attractive cherry and dried-strawberry character, as well as intense tannins. Dried flowers, too. This is traditional and structured. Very tight. Needs time to soften. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Sitting at 600 metres above sea level and surrounded by forest, Fontodi's vineyards in the area of Lamole are much cooler than the estate's holdings in Panzano. Even in 2017, harvest didn't begin until October. It emerges from it shell slowly then offers an exquisite bouquet of fresh flowers and herbs. There is great focus here and an invigorating backbone of acidity piercing through dark currants. At the moment, tannins are still firm and imposing. Give this another year in the bottle. (MM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole is absolutely gorgeous. In 2017, the Filetta di Lamole has a bit more body than usual because of the warmth of the year, and yet it retains its classic sense of energy and mid-weight structure. Crushed red berry, spice, mint, licorice and rose petal all open up in this super-expressive, inviting Chianti Classico. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Earthy aromas of truffle, camphor and blue flower mingle with whiffs of new leather. Smooth and supple, the rounded, savory palate offers fleshy black cherry, baking spice and smooth, polished tannins. (KO) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Soft sour-cherry nose with minerally hints. Gripping cherry fruit that is finely balanced. Great length and style. Ready now but will hold. 17/20 points (WS) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2021 | Send Email
Fontodi is surely one of Chianti Classico’s best producers and a few years ago added the Lamole to their breadth of wines. Lamole is a hamlet across the valley eastward from Panzano where the winery is located it’s fairly high up and cooler than the Conca d’Oro vineyards and reflects that in the aromatics and flavors. The nose of this wine has lots of red fruit, cherry and hints of porcini and Tuscan brush. On the palate the wine has richness but still has a bit of tannic structure but the smooth tannins blend in easily. A classic finish with Sangiovese’s length that stretches out the wine down the middle of your tongue. Balance, depth and structure a great producer’s fascinating stretch across the valley.

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