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2018 fontodi, flaccianello delle pieve, colli della toscana centrale (750ml)

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“Generally speaking, I have reservations concerning the 2018 vintage that saw intermittent periods of hot and cold with some rain thrown in at the end of the growing cycle. The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve blasted straight through any lingering doubt and is the result of a deft winemaking hand.” Those are the words of wine critic Monica Larner. Considering the austerity, depth, and energy of this sangiovese, it’s hard to argue. The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the most opulent vintages in its 40-year history. It swirls with enticing aromas of ripe red cherries, blackberries, lavender, violets, coffee, graphite, cedar, and spice. Savory tones help balance the serious darkness, while pinpricks of acidity deliver a wave of refreshment. In his review, wine critic Antonio Galloni wrote simply, “I absolutely loved it.” The Final Sip: Even with an up-and-down vintage, 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve rose to the challenge and then some.

Critics Scores

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The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve is another stellar wine from Fontodi. It is the richest Flaccianello ever made (in terms of dry extract), with elevated acidity that trails the 2016 by just a touch, but it does not taste like that at all. Dark cherry, violet, lavender, spice, mocha and graphite build with a bit of time in the glass. Like the Sorbo, the 2018 Flaccianello is not a wine of size, as in most previous years, but rather a wine that exudes vibrancy, energy and class from start to finish. I absolutely loved it.