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1997 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana

SKU #231366 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1997 Flaccianello della Pieve wraps around the palate with endless layers of dark fruit. In 1997 the grapes were very small because the intense heat of the year dehydrated the fruit. Dark red berries, pomegranate, spices, smoke, licorice, anise and rose petals burst from the glass with notable energy, power and grace. Even with all of its intensity, the 1997 is beautifully balanced from start to finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1997 Flaccianello della Pieve shows broad shoulders and a robust style that has carried it forward over the years with grace and determination. Compared to the 1999 vintage, this wine is a bigger and bolder expression of Fontodi's best Sangiovese grapes. The vintage was characterized by a hot and dry summer, and the resulting berries were smaller and more compact in structure with thicker skins. This has contributed to the wine's sizable width and breadth. I also want to point out that the tannins have achieved a perfect point of silkiness. Those 18 years of aging have ushered this wine forward to a spectacular moment in its drinking window. If you have a bottle, you will be well rewarded by its current state of excellence. (ML) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full ruby. Pungent, roasted aromas of crystallized black raspberry, cassis, minerals, lead pencil, game and dark chocolate; shows a distinctly liqueur-like surmaturite. Full-bodied, lush and super ripe; wonderfully sweet Sangiovese fruit of great concentration and suavity. Finishes with huge, sweet, tooth-coating tannins and superb persistence. A great vintage for this wine. (ST) Inner quote mark (1/2000)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Impressive bouquet of sweet plum compote, leather, cedar and spice. It's maturing, at it's peak now, with fine balance between the sweet fruit, spice and tannins. Excellent length and perfect with braised beef. (BS, Web Only-2014) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Lovely development on the nose. A sweet middle. Tense and dense. Lots there. (JR) 18/20 points Inner quote mark (9/2007)

K&L Notes

94-95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A gorgeous, ripe nose of Morello cherry, raspberry and a touch of pine. Thick saturated tannins with wonderful balance and poise. Good acidity, great depth with well-integrated oak that does not dominate the wine. Wonderful." (09/2000)

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