Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fontodi, Vigna del Sorbo

Fontodi Chianti Classico
The first of the Thanksgiving wines was a bottle aged Chianti.  The wine was a 2004 Fontodi Chianti Classico, Vigna de Sorbo Riserva.  It took a few minutes for the wine to begin showing any aromas but when it did, about five minutes in, it was fantastic.  Ripe red fruit smells were set over the quintessential smell of Tuscan earth.  Flavor wise the tart, red cherries were great, but this wine had a darker and richer side to it.  The wine is 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 90% Sangiovese and the darkness probably came from the Cabernet.  Hints of leather and graphite only added to its appeal.

Smooth and mellow and fully mature this wine was as good as Chianti gets.    I purchased it six years ago and it has been resting in the cellar since that time with two of its litter mates.  Extremely happy with this wine.

2004 Fontodi, Chianti Classico Riserva, Vigna del Sorbo.  14% alchol and $55 six years ago.

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