Fontodi Chianti Classico 2018

by Fontodi
$44.99
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Though still not the "in" wine like say Burgundy or Barolo, or the star of top wine lists, Chianti is finally regaining respect among the wine cognoscenti. In fact Eric Asimov just recently declared that his wine of the summer was . . . Chianti Classico! And one of his favorites and ours comes from the estate of Fontodi.

If this were Burgundy, we'd all describe Fontodi's Chianti Classico as a "village level wine from a top tier producer" -- and it would be priced accordingly. But people don't think of Chianti that way (yet) so instead it's "just"a Chianti Classico and you can buy it for $36.99.

To be very clear, when we talk about a renaissance in quality in Chianti we are not referring to the big, over oaked wines that added Bordeaux varieties into the mix in a 180 degree swing from the light, white grape influenced wines of the 1960s and 70's. Fontodi, like all the top producers of Chianti Classico, focuses on Sangiovese (and they farm their fruit fully organically too) and all the winemaking is with the goal of showcasing the brilliance of this grape in its home terroir.

Fontodi's 2018 is delicious right now, and is designed for drinking today, tomorrow and even a decade or more from now.

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There are winds of change blowing in Chianti Classico: rather than masking the vibrancy and purity of Sangiovese with heavy French oak (or worse, with the addition of French varietals), many winemakers have chosen to wholly embrace this noble grape. Few estates can claim responsibility for this renaissance more than Fontodi, a bastion of organic farming and a champion of Sangiovese’s role as the grape of Chianti.

Details

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Tuscany

  • Grape Variety

    Sangiovese

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Rich , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

Customer Reviews

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Floribeth Kennedy
Staff Review: Why I love Fontodi Chianti Classico 2018

During the week I usually cook light pastas with different types of vegetables and Chianti always is a precise and easy pairing.
Fontodi Chianti Classico from the charming village of Panzano gives great elegance and minerality with lingering cherry flavor. In a vast selection of Chianti in our store, I will recommend to follow Panzano's Sangiovese because of its unmistakable elegance.