Monumental Tuscan From 2007 Vintage
Fattoria Felsina is among the finest producers in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. They produce a unique wine that is a 100% Sangiovese bottling they call Fontalloro.
Fontalloro is sourced from a specific zone that runs along the border between Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi. The grapes are sourced from the Fontalloro vineyard at the higher section of Felsina in Chianti Classico and the two other vineyards from the Colli Senesi side.
On to real the facts. How does the wine drink? We popped a bottle and tasted it immediately. We just couldn’t resist the aroma of pure Sangiovese with lots of red berries, cedar, tobacco and earthiness on the nose. On the palate loads of sweet fruit, dense, ripe cherries, raspberries, tobacco, earth, and great freshness for a 2007. The freshness sets it apart from some other 07’s that are as concentrated and dense, but don’t have Fontalloro’s balancing acidity.
This is a spectacular bottle of wine that you could drink now if you wanted to, but also could be cellared for 3-5 years and possibly more. Honestly, we think you should drink this one right now . It’s just too good not to.
Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate 93 Points
The 2007 Fontalloro is round, sweet and inviting, very much in keeping with the style of the vintage. The fruit tends towards the redder end of the spectrum vis-a-vis the Rancia and the Fontalloro seems to possess a touch more freshness. Floral, spiced notes add lift on the finish. As attractive as the 2007 Fontalloro is, and it is very pretty, the wine does not have a particularly bright track record of developing the noblest aromas and flavors in bottle. In my experience, it is better to err on the side of youth in deciding when to drink Fontalloro. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
Felsina is a reference-point property for readers who want to discover the best Tuscany has to offer. Prices remain exceedingly fair considering the quality of what is in the bottle.
Wine Spectator 92 Points
There's blackberry and blueberry galore in this full-bodied wine, which has chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Juicy and wonderfully fruity. Best after 2011. 3,335 cases made.–JS
International Wine Cellar 96 Points
Good full red with a palish rim. Pure, superripe aromas of red cherry, violet, iodine and nutmeg. Superrich, highly concentrated and seamless, with densely packed flavors of raspberry, dark plum and marzipan. Finishes creamy-rich and explosively long, with a pretty violet note. This was so good I really had trouble letting the glass go. It's also the only time I can remember Fontalloro outclassing Rancia (of which I am a huge fan) by such a wide margin, something I had noticed even when tasting barrel samples of these two wines in the estate's cellar two years ago. I'd wait a good five years on this one, then enjoy it for another two decades. Proof positive that sangiovese is one of the world's great grape varieties.