Yesterday, I talked about the "IWM Difference," my commitment to perfect provenance and care, and offered nineteen vintages of Quintarelli Amarone. Today, I'm bringing you a trio of new 2014 releases from Fontodi, and this offer shows a different, complementary side of the work I do for my clients. Just as I nurture relationships with producers and collectors to be able to secure perfectly mature bottles of collector wine, I have to tend to my relationships with winemakers to be able to get you new releases before anyone else. You might be able to find Fontodi's deceptively mighty 2014 Chianti Classico other places, but you can't find the estate's jaw-dropping 2014 Vigna del Sorbo or its silky, thrumming 2014 Flaccianello. You're getting these spectacular Tuscan wines first.
Fontodi has some of the most amazing land in Chianti Classico, if not all of Toscana. It sits on the crest of a hill above the Conca d'Oro, the golden basin in Panzano, and from its perch, you see a perfect patchwork of striated vines, fluffy dots of olive trees, and patches of grass, all punctuated by snaking streams, rock formations and the occasional road. It's a unique microclimate, and there's a pretty strong argument to be made that Panzano is the finest subzone in Chianti Classico (although Montevertine in Radda might lodge a convincing counter-argument). 2014 was a cool year with a rainy summer, but Panzano saw less rain than other areas of Toscana--and in any case, while Giovanni Manetti and his team had to work very, very hard, the ideal weather at harvest turned in a small crop of perfect grapes.
It's tough to follow a benchmark year like 2013, but these 2014 wines from Fontodi are standouts. They're delicate yet powerful, they've got acidity that prickles your cheeks and tannins that coat your palate; and they've got beautiful, pure fruit that makes you think of sunny days and cool, mystical nights. The only downside of these new Fontodi releases is that there's not a lot to go around. But you get first crack at all three of these debuts, and I can't wait to hear how much you love them.