Last week, I blogged about a fiesty Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This week, as I was opening a bottle of Chianti Classico, I realised I may have been bitten (once again) by the Italian wine bug. This delicious 2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico from Slurp.co.uk is a wine to take seriously – it is powerful, concentrated and offers an explosion of flavours – but would benefit from a little bit more time. It requires a little bit of patience: yes, you can drink it now, but the enhancements to the flavours and aromas in a year (or two) will be worth it. Trust us.
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The seller says: “Few properties in Tuscany are as immaculately tended, or produce such metticulously made wines, as Fontodi. The Manetti family has owned the estate since 1968 and has worked with winemaker Franco Bernabei since 1979. A new cellar was installed for the 1998 vintage. All the fermentation tanks are equipped for pneumatic punching down of he cap and the increase in colour, extraction and flavour of the resulting wines is remarkable. This is a model of elegance and class. Firm yet well-integrated tannins provide the backdrop for expressive red cherries, licorice, tobacco and spices.”