The Fontodi Story
'The Manetti family, which has run the Fontodi winery since 1968, is a true champion of sangiovese.'
James Suckling
'Giovanni Manetti and Fontodi represent the pinnacle of quality that can be achieved in this part of Tuscany. That he has become a symbolic head of the region only brings more prestige and pedigree to an appellation that demands our highest respect and admiration.'
Monica Larner

Fontodi is located in the hills south of the town of Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region.This 90-hectare estate was in a run down and derelict state when it was acquired by Domiziano and Dino Manetti in 1968. They totally replanted the vineyards and renovated the winemaking facilities and today Fontodi is recognised as one of the finest producers in the region. The estate is now run by Macro and Gioivanni Manetti, ably assisted by winemaker Franco Bernabei. Its benchmark Chianti Classico is made from a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo and aged in large oak barrels whereby the Chianti Classico Riserva has a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and a portion is aged in small French barriques. Its finest wine is the 100% Sangiovese, Flaccinello della Pieve.

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The Brief
Alcohol
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2040
How's it taste?
Dark ruby red in colour, this wine opens with aromas of dark black fruits, blackberry and victoria plum and notes of blackcurrant tart from the Cabernet. The powerful, full-bodied structure defines the palate and is given complexity by the smoky, savoury fruit, robust tannins and fine acidity.
How was it made?
Soils here are galestro, a classic Tuscan shale, which has excellent drainage and encourages the vines to put down deep roots. The grapes for this wine are grown in the Vigna del Sorbo vineyard. The vines were planted in 1981, and the vineyard is situated at an altitude of 400m above sea level, facing south/south-west. Virtually no rain fell at the beginning of 2012 and temperatures were cool. Much-needed light rain fell in late May and early June. Summer was very hot and dry with water reserves almost completely exhausted. Fortunately, gentle but sufficient rain arrived in mid-August reviving the leaves and fruit, which had become almost completely wilted and deflated, allowing them to spring back to life to become full and healthy in time for harvest.
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Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
98 Points
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous
The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is quite possibly the most elegant, refined version of this wine I have ever tasted. It does not offer the immediacy or impact of either the 2015 or 2016, but, instead, impresses with its elegance, persistence and total class. Bright floral and spice notes add perfume to a core of red-toned fruit. The 2018 represents another move towards greater finesse at Fontodi. It spent a year in French oak barrel and a second year in cask.
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Expert Review
96 Points
Huon Hooke
Deep, rich red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet is still a bit closed and showing dusty oaky and dried herb aromas as well as baked fruits and a hint of licorice, the palate full-bodied and rich, expansive and very fleshy, with masses of drying but supple tannins. Big structure, firm and solid and demanding patience to bring out its best. Terrific length, part of which is some alcohol warmth. Time will certainly unlock more complexity.
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Expert Review
96 Points
James Suckling
Beautiful blue fruit with mahogany and violets. Full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins that show a beautiful polished and texture. So drinkable already. From organically grown grapes.
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Expert Review
92 Points
Wine Spectator
There are some appealing elements of cherry and strawberry in this red, backed by a dense matrix of assertive tannins. Though astringent, this manages to find its way back to an equilibrium on the lingering mineral and savory aftertaste. Be patient. Best from 2024 through 2035.
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