FONTODI, FLACCIANELLO DELLA PIEVE & CHIANTI CLASSICO

 

TUSCANY, ITALY 2018

 

 

Among Tuscan producers, the name Fontodi is in a class by itself — the gold standard; the estate by which all others are judged. And under the magisterial direction of proprietor Giovanni Manetti, the wines continue to reach new marks of excellence.
 

Serious collectors know the Flaccianello della Pieve to be on the shortlist of the most sought-after Italian wines in the world, and after its recent 100-point rating from Vinous, demand is certain to be in even shorter supply.
 

Our first limited allocation sold out quickly earlier this year, so we were thrilled to have secured a second, small allotment of this ethereal red, along with Fontodi's Chianti Classico — an extraordinary value pick that Vinous just awarded 94 points.
 

Manetti, the president of the appellation’s Consorzio, had predicted that “the 2018 harvest will lead to a five-star vintage for Chianti Classico wines," and his words have proven to be remarkably prescient. Thanks to this extraordinary vintage and Manetti’s meticulous vineyard management, the world is treated to yet another lineup of extraordinary Fontodi wines.
 

James Suckling has written that, across the board, 2018 is an "excellent year" for Tuscany, with "balanced and structured reds" that showcase "beautifully fresh and fruity center palates" and "linear line[s] of tannins and acidity." All these qualities, and more, were on ample display in our recent tastings. We found the 2018 Flaccianello to be wonderfully rich and layered, with lively acidity and a gorgeous profile of dark cherry, fresh herbs, and baking spice. The flagship Chianti Classico impressed us enormously, too, delivering the finesse, structure, and length of wines two and three times the price.
 

Today’s deal is a no-brainer for serious Italian wine collectors — the opulent Flaccianello is built to age, and though the velvety textured Chianti Classico is enjoyable now, this sub-$40 wine will continue to evolve over the next 5-10 years.
 

Don’t delay in securing these extraordinary bottles with limited-time Concierge pricing!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in DE, IL, IN, KY, LA, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Monday, November 22, 2021.