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1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2000

Full ruby. Pungent, roasted aromas of crystallized black raspberry, cassis, minerals, lead pencil, game and dark chocolate; shows a distinctly liqueur-like surmaturite. Full-bodied, lush and superripe; wonderfully sweet sangiovese fruit of great concentration and suavity. Finishes with huge, sweet, toothcoating tannins and superb persistence. A great vintage for this wine.

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94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Great example of Sangiovese in Chianti
by reid14169743
Those who wondered whether this wine was worth the money did not try it when it was fully mature, as this Sangiovese really sings. It has all the classic aromas and flavors of tart cherries, onion peel, bitter almonds, leather and creosote, with a complex finish that lingers endlessly. What time has given the wine is a texture of liquid silk and haunting secondary flavors and aromas of wild mushrooms and dried violets. The only (slightly) negative is that the wine was still a bit tannic, and it's likely that the tannin will never fully resolve. Other than that minor caveat, this is a great wine that any fan of Sangiovese would remember fondly forever.
Is it Worth it!
by ronnieleeh
There are a lot of great Italian wines at this cost. Im drinking my 1990s now but they were under $30.


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