Bottle Notes

1997 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro – Bottle Notes

Fattoria di Felsina is a historic estate in the Chianti appellation of Tuscany. In 1966 the estate was purchased by the Poggiali family, and today a second generation of the Poggiali family still run the 153-acre estate. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has often awarded Felsina’s wines with 3 Bicchieri, the journal’s highest rating.

Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese and the grapes come from vineyards straddling the borders between the Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi appellations.

Ruby red in color. Almost translucent. 13.5% ABV. Shoe leather, roses, violets, earth and eucalyptus on the nose. Great acidity. The palate shows cranberry, dried cherries, pomegranate, tar, spice and flowers. The finish is long and exquisite. Paired perfectly with homemade pizza topped with a spicy turkey sausage. This wine is gorgeous right now. Well cellared bottles will continue to drink well for several more years.

My rating: 92 points.

Fontalloro is a great Super Tuscan value. Current vintages including the ’07-’09 can all be found for around $50. Exceptional, age worthy wines that are worth seeking out.

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