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1997 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve

  • 94 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 90 JR
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SKU: 47518-1997

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Lovely development on the nose. A sweet middle. Tense and dense. Lots there.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Ruby-garnet color. Berry aromas display an almost pinot-like delicacy and fragrance, complemented by subtle oakiness. Round and silky on the palate; ripe fruit shows the customary freshness of this wine but with notably lower acidity than in the past. Vigorous on the back end.
    Author: Daniel Thomases
    Issue: July/August 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    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.
    Author: Monica Larner
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    This builds and builds and builds on the palate. Gorgeous aromas of ripe berries, meat and spices. Full-bodied, with polished, well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Give it time. 5,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Anonymous | Rating: 90

    Author: michweb
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Tbone200
  • Self | Rating: 93

    A big and bold sangiovese that could stand up to a big steak but is great with tomato based sauces as the acidit kicks in. Surprisigly powerful for its age but tAnnins are softening. Plenty of time left.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 93

    from the earth -- decanted 2 hours ahead and was perfect when poured. I may pull the 2nd bottle within 2010.
    Author: Jules
  • Self | Rating: 92

    great fruit, strong tannins
    Drink Dates: 2008-2018
    Author: Jerry
  • Self | Rating: 99

    I tip my hat to you, Flaccianello, for the entire table was gasping for air as you were poured! Few wines exhibit such class and are endowed w/ such seamless finesse to charm the pants out of me this easily, but this wine nearly encapsulated what I believe the Tuscan soul is all about. The Lafite of Sangiovese was firing on all cylinders last night, showcasing loam, cured meat, peppercorns, cigar box, and the essence of blackberry in such an opulent but poised package. Profoundly constructed and wonderfully refined, a true benchmark for modern Sangiovese that nearly left me speechless.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Started off with very stinky nose of manure that took two days to blow off! Very intense flavor with cinnamon notes, finally came into its own after a couple of days. Seems like it could use much more time.
    Author: Howard J
  • Self | Rating: 95

    wonderful, although still ver y youthful. was much better after 1 hour of decanting and playing with it. Will become extremely subtler. Notes of red fruits and currants.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2020
    Author: Thanos
Located in the picturesque Florentine hillsides just outside the pastoral town of Panzano, Fontodi is the spectacular domain of the Manetti family. The vineyards are located in the valley of the Conca d'Oro (Golden Basin) and enjoy a cool climate and marl-rich soil that gives the fruit a signature high-toned, red cherry profile. The wines are studies in the profound elegance and muted power of the ancient Sangiovese grape. The "Flaccianello" is one of the original Super Tuscans (originated in 1981) that uses 100% Sangiovese from an eponymous single vineyard of superior quality. This is an incredible collectible that represents a seamless juxtaposition of traditional Tuscan flavor and New World richness.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 643 bottles owned
  • 151 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 151 collectors)