Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione "Vigna del Sorbo" DOCG 2018 (Tuscany, Italy) - [VM 98] [WA 96+]  [JS 96]

Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione "Vigna del Sorbo" DOCG 2018
(Tuscany, Italy) - [VM 98] [WA 96+] [JS 96]


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About the Estate:
Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc “Terroir”, famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate – warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night-time temperatures

Winemaking:
All Fontodi wines are produced from grapes coming from their own vineyards, picked by hand, chosen with care and vinified in a way that exalts the character of the vines and the territory. The Fontodi Oil “Bio” is produced from its own olives which are delicately pressed the same day as the harvest in order to preserve all the freshness and the fragrance of the fruit.

Technical Information

Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Vineyards: Vigna del Sorbo with south-west exposure with 30 years old vines
Density: 3.500 and 6.000 vines per hectar
Training: Guyot
Fermentation: In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts for at least 3 weeks
Ageing: In Troncais and Allier barrels 50% new for 24 months
Average: 30.000 bottles

Vinification:
The process of vinification and ageing in wood takes place in the modern cellar, built on descending levels to take advantage of gravity, guaranteeing the most respect possible for the natural integrity of the grape, in order to exalt the character and elegance of the wines.

Ratings & Reviews


98 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is quite possibly the most elegant, refined version of this wine I have ever tasted. It does not offer the immediacy or impact of either the 2015 or 2016, but, instead, impresses with its elegance, persistence and total class. Bright floral and spice notes add perfume to a core of red-toned fruit. The 2018 represents another move towards greater finesse at Fontodi. It spent a year in French oak barrel and a second year in cask." -Antonio Galloni (Sep 2021)

96+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Fontodi 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is simply gorgeous now and we should expect better things to come as the wine continues its bottle evolution. This organic, single-vineyard expression (with 29,000 bottles made) delivers impeccable balance and beautiful intensity throughout. The wine sports a developed fruit side that contrasts nicely against the spice and tobacco-like tones that come thanks to 18 months in French barrique and six months in botte. The 2018 vintage can sometimes be hard to read. For example, this wine offers sharp acidity but it also sees a 15% alcohol content plus lots of enduring sweetness and ripeness. The tannins are especially supple and sweet. I can't wait to try this wine in 10 or 15 years from now. Vigna del Sorbo hits the market in September." -Monica Larner (7th Oct 2021)

96 Points - James Suckling:
"Beautiful blue fruit with mahogany and violets. Full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins that show a beautiful polished and texture. So drinkable already. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (July 2021)


96 Points - Luca Gardini:

"Another hit for Fontodi, a great expression for this typology. Vigna del Sorbo surprises again on the nose, which is complex and multifaceted. Scents from the undergrowth, sour cherry, touches of peony, and rhubarb. The mouthfeel is the most convincing: dense, crispy, crunchy, with savory and persistent tannins. The scent of dark small fruits and undergrowth returning in the long aftertaste." (05/21)