Red

1997 Fontodi Chianti Classico

Sangiovese

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • Vinoevelo wrote:

    November 17, 2019 - Outstanding CC. Cherries, marzipan, moist leather. Would love to sneak this into a flight of BdM's and watch it clean up.

  • Ron Slye wrote: 94 points

    August 11, 2019 - This is what makes this hobby so much fun. I set this to open, but given its age and that it was a $20 purchase back whenever I got it. So I had another bottle in reserve just in case this was dead. It was not. It was really exactly what one wants in an old wine. In fact I would say this was drinking exactly at its peak. And it was steadily there throughout the evening -- not great the first few minutes then falling off a cliff, as some do. Here is the note I wrote while drinking it:
    Wow – this is just beautiful. Lovely laser like nose of cherries, leather, with hints of rubber and brown spices. The palate is very smooth, with all of the flavors of the nice enveloped in a nice structure provided by some acid and very fine tannins. I really expected this to be dead and had another bottle lined up. That one is going back to the cellar!

    Admittedly I have had my share of wines of similar age at a similar price point that were dead. Nice to find one that is not. Now if I had just had the foresight to have bought much more of it!

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  • SommKennedy Likes this wine:

    May 15, 2019 - At 22 years old, this Chianti Classico is a bit of a dinosaur. This wine has likely been out of its prime for at least 6 years. That being said, what a delight! Fontodi throufh and through. Decanted on account of the broken cork, it opened up quickly with damp earth aromatics. Dried cherry plums and ash on the pallette. Cohort noticed a warm butter note after the initial fruit. Dry finish was a bit stringent on its own but marvelous with a fried avocado and braised eggplant donburi, as well as a roasted pork chop with beans & rice and a chili-vinegar bbq sauce. Drink now or better yet, drink yesterday.

  • Ron Slye wrote: 92 points

    December 24, 2017 - Drinking really well now. A bit of barnyard funk blew off after about 10 minutes. Still wonderful structure and depth for a chianti of this age. Held up well over a multi hour Christmas Eve dinner.

  • theronware wrote: 90 points

    August 31, 2014 - Very enjoyable. Needed about 45 minutes decant for funk/slight barnyard to blow off. After that, it exhibited a nice mushroom/earthiness with plenty of sweet fruit and a smooth finish. Last glass was better than first.

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    January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2012 (link) 84 points

    (Fontodi Chianti Classico) Group's #2 (my #8) – 51 pts.; 5, 3, 0, 1 - bricking medium dark red violet color; very bretty, barnyard nose; brett, barnyard, tart red berry palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Fontodi
  • Varietal Sangiovese
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Chianti
  • Appellation Chianti Classico DOCG

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  • In Cellars 175 (58%)
  • Consumed 128 (42%)

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