Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2010
Wine SpectatorThe 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is impressive. The overtness of the year is nicely balanced by the inherent freshness and acidity of Sangiovese. Hints of tobacco, cedar, licorice and spices are layered into the insistent finish. This is a terrific showing. I very much like the energy, length and focus of the fruit. I can't wait to see how this develops over the coming years. The Vigna del Sorbo is a bit overlooked in the Fontodi stable, but it is often striking, especially after a few years in bottle. This historic vineyard is planted to 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sorbo has an element of freshness that the Flaccianello doesn't have. I will not be surprised if over time it enjoys a more gradual and finessed evolution in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.
Wine EnthusiastMade with organic grapes, this riserva offers very ripe plum and black-cherry notes layered with pepper, vanilla and coffee accents. While the fruit is delicious, it's very ripe tasting and has a bit of warmth to the palate and on the finish.