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A study in contrasts. Well balanced ripe red and blue fruits blend with graphite, smoke, worn leather, cedar and cigar wrapper. Powerful yet finessed, the palate reveals layers of flavor and a silky texture; fine-grained tannins and solid structure.
Crafted from a selection of organically grown Sangiovese deriving from the estate’s best vineyards, this wine ferments with only natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about three weeks before aging in oak barrels for 24 months. This ’13 Flaccianello is a classic bottling with tremendous structure; ideally, it would rest in your cellar for a few years before optimum enjoyment. Flaccianello has a maximum output of 5,000 cases per year and allocations are highly sought after.
Their vineyards are located near Panzano, the viticultural epicentre of Chianti. The vineyards benefit from their position in a naturally occurring amphitheatre, known locally as Conca d‘Oro (the golden shell), with a southern facing aspect and superb marl soil which aids in water retention throughout the warm summers. Taken together, these conditions fashion grapes with wonderful sugar and tannin potential. The marl soil, elevation and great drainage allow the owners Marco and Giovanni Manetti along with the winemaker Franco Bernabei to harvest grapes with almost perfect ripeness and balance. Marco and Giovanni are brothers and cousins of the original visionaries of the Manetti family who founded Fontodi in 1969, a vineyard that heralds back to the 8th Century.