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1997 Felsina - Fontalloro 750ml
1997 Felsina - Fontalloro
Italy - Tuscany
Red / Sangiovese
1997 Felsina - Fontalloro
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Daniel Thomases Issue: Issue 91

Deep, solid ruby-garnet. Powerful in aroma, with notes of tobacco, tar, damp earth and vanilla. Full, intense flavors are nonetheless tightly wound and in need of bottle aging. Powerful tannins upholster the palate. Dense and concentrated on the finish.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

This wine has real power. Fine, smooth fettle, at the peak of its power. Slightly dusty, and very, very long.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 130

The 1997 Fontalloro may be the finest made from this single vineyard (and I have tasted them back through the early eighties). Aged two years in French oak, there are 3,000 cases of this spectacular wine. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with a chocolate espresso-scented nose infused with cherry liqueur, it is a full-bodied, sweet wine with wonderful fatness, terrific ripeness, plenty of glycerin, and a chewy, long, spicy finish. There is some tannin in this youthful offering, but its appealing flamboyance is attention-getting. It should last for 12-15+ years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Tight and powerful. Slightly rough, yet racy. Attractive aromas of dried cherries, berries and lilacs. Full body. Silky tannins. Long, slightly austere finish. Give this time, please. 2,665 cases made.

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Community Reviews


Jules Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 11/20/2010

Life is too short to drink bad wine, wish i had a case of this to make sure I keep to this motto. So WS has it at 95, and I usually under-rate at the high end and over rate at the low, but on this occassion I have to also give this Felsina produced wine the 95. First, it is wet, not dirty like most Sangiovese. Steph says smooth, chocolate rasberry -- i say licorice, long elegant finish. Absolutely spectacular I can't wait to own more from Felsina.


Ricknat1 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/15/2008 Drink Dates: 2008+

Rich dark fruit nose with a well balanced flavor that is both fruit forward and smoky with a long finish

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