Fontodi’s Vigna del Sorbo Riserva 2007

In my last postI wrote about Ornellaia and Sassicaia. But it was not any of those two giants that impressed me the most at that tasting last week. At least not when both price and quality are considered.

Instead it was another iconic and “modern” favorite among tuscanys top reds that caught my attention. Fontodi’s Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo. Fontodi was among the first to make a 100 percent sangiovese when most Chianti still were diluted with a percentage of white grapes and the wine law even forbid the production of a sangiovese varietal.

That wine, Flaccianello della Pieve, caused quite a stir back in the 80s and 90s and still is one of Tuscanys best. Fontodis other cru Vigna del Sorbo made as a blend of sangiovese and cabernet (the cabernet was grafted on existing canaiolo and trebbiano rootstocks in the 70s) is no less impressive. Made from 90 percent sangiovese and 10 percent cabernet. And the wine usually spends som 16 to 24 months in french oak barriques (50 percent new).

And the 2007 is awesome. Still a bit closed and young but it will evolve to something great. The color is dark red and dense. On the nose I find dark cherries, cocoa powder, herbs, oak, nuts and leather. On the palate it hits us with a medium bodied, very concentrated taste of dark cherries, oak, tobacco and herbs. I also find elements of leather and vanilla. The aftertaste is long with firm tannins. Cellar for 3-5 years! 4,5/5 points.