1996 Fontodi Case Via Syrah

September 17, 2014

Name:Case Via Syrah
Vintage:1996
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Shiraz/Syrah
Producer:Fontodi
Region:Italy / Toscana
Alcohol:n/a

Extremely well balanced and alive. Jam is counterbalanced with some liquorice. It’s approachable, but not banal. Still has fruit, but already leaning towards secondary aromas, leading with barnyard and forest floor. Brunello’ish notes peak put. Ready, tasty, good.

2008 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve

September 17, 2014

Name:Flaccianello Della Pieve
Vintage:2008
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sangiovese
Producer:Fontodi
Region:Italy / Toscana
Alcohol:14.5%

It screams for at least 5 more years of rest, but yields enough joy to savor it today (provided an hour+ of breathing time). The price on this one was too good to pass a taste.

2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico

September 16, 2014

Name:Chianti Classico
Vintage:2006
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sangiovese
Producer:Fontodi
Region:Italy / Toscana / Chianti
Alcohol:n/a

Juicy and smooth, perhaps too much so, with the nose of strawberries and cherries in the barnyard. Very fruity, drinkable and quite nice overall, but lacks a certain backbone or a more pronounced character, in my opinion. One of the more lightweight Chiantis.