Tenuta Fontodi is Chianti's class act. Renowned for its Super
Tuscan Flaccianello and the Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon favorite Vigna
del Sorbo, the estate’s Chianti Classico is unflinchingly reliable.
Winemaking in the timeless land of Chianti Classico dates back to the
8th century, and the term “Chianti” was applied to wine as far back as
1398, and the wholly organic Tenuta Fontodi is one of many existing
estates that can trace their lineage back to these historic times.
Fontodi is an all-time favorite of IWM and many Tuscan wine enthusiasts.
Resting near Panzano in the epicenter of Toscana's
viticulture, Fontodi's vines enjoy a southern aspect in a natural
amphitheatre, and marl soil. These optimum conditions allow the grapes
to ripen perfectly, therefore creating wines of great character and
structure. The natural potential of the grapes combined with the
leadership of Marco and Giovanni Manetti (cousins who are sons of the
1968 visionaries) makes for perfection in winemaking. The estate dates
back to the 16th century, but its modern era started in 1968 when the
Manettis, a Florentine family famous for more than three centuries for
their terracotta production, purchased the estate.
One of the first mono-varietal Sangiovese Super
Tuscans, Fontodi's Flaccianello began as a cru of grapes from the
vineyard of the same name, the "Flaccianello della Pieve"; in 2001,
however, Fontodi widened Flaccianello’s base to source from the estate’s
best grapes. This big red wine, born in 1981, combines all the
old-world characteristics of Sangiovese with modern vinification
techniques. While the Flaccianello went on to achieve its "super"
status, the cru Vigna del Sorbo became one of the first
Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon blends, though it’s classified as a DOCG
wine. Vigna del Sorbo is primarily Sangiovese with a small percentage of
Cabernet Sauvignon, all deriving from the Vigna del Sorbo vineyard. In
the ‘90s, driven to improve quality even further, Manetti phased out his
Chianti Classico Riserva label to focus on his Chianti Classico, a wine
aged in botti (large barrels) that serves as a fine benchmark for a