Red

2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico

Sangiovese

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG
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Community Tasting Notes 225

  • DaleW wrote:

    October 21, 2021 - Rich black cherry, a touch of coffee, with leathery (but not old) finish. On the brawnier side of Chianti despite being 15, nice length. B+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • J @ y H @ c k Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 26, 2021 - Purchased at the winery after a tour in October 2009. We had intended to drink it while in Italy, but we didn't, so we brought it home and saved it until it was mature. We almost made it. Drinking very well, but I suspect 2-3 more years might have generate a tiny bit of improvement.

    Decanted just to deal with sediment, of which there was plenty stuck to the side of the bottle after lying label up in the cellar for the better part of 10 years. The cork was sound, tight and at most 2 mms of wine infused at the bottom. Came out clean without having to use a Durand.

    I waited only a few minutes until we started drinking it, and it kept getting better with up to an hour of air, so I recommend a one hour decant.

    After that hour, it was noticeably Chianti, which I find difficult to describe. Not very fruit driven. More earthy, but in a good way as opposed to dirty, with a forest floor herbal component and a little bit of dark fruit in the background. There was still some tannic bite open first taste but it disappeared after an hour. Smooth and easy to drink, making it nothing like young Chianti.

    There is a characteristic I notice generically in Italian wine, which I have noticed blind in Aglianico, Chianti and even Barbera and occasionally nebbiolo. I used to assume it had to do with barrel choices, but a wine professional suggested to me that it was the somewhat roasted character of the pips from the hotter climate in Italy. I'm not sure, but it was definitely here in this wine and it added to the complexity. It is a roasted depth of flavor without any burnt character to it.

    Whoever in Cellartracker reported that this wine was over the hill of on the down slope with prune flavors must have had a poorly stored bottle or a defective cork. This wine had no negative characteristics. Paired well with what could best be described as home made Beef Braciole made with marinara sauce mixed with Shitake mushrooms, over baked thin Japanese eggplant slices for low carbs and low calories.

    Let your Chiantis age.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • DaleW wrote:

    September 28, 2020 - This is big too, but more refined, black cherry and mocha with a bit of leather. B+

  • winemaker Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 21, 2020 - Last bottle. Trending downhill. Still has good fruit, grip, and earthiness, but starting to get a hint of a pruney note. Time to drink these.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • rsbeck wrote: 88 points

    May 5, 2020 - Popped, poured, consumed over next 2 hours. Fruit is receding, chalky tannin still holding strong, non fruit flavors emerging, which I usually like, but based on this bottle, I’d say it hasn’t aged that well and seems to be on the decline.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    1/21/2010 (link)

    (FONTODI Chianti Classico) 375 Dear Friends, I know it's taboo to have bottles of wine rolling around in your car but many of the new models on the market have interesting innovations such as temperature controlled glove boxes and attachable/electric chill boxes that can be stored behind the passenger seat. I have the perfect accompaniment to just such an innovation: Fontodi's 2006 Chianti Classico in half bottles. This is the ultimate picnic wine for the on-the-fly gourmand/vinophile - it is small and easily toted to inaccessible picnic locations such as Cala Blanca on Ibiza or the top of the 7th Heaven Express at Blackcomb (it will fit nicely into the new cooled glove box of a car as well). While small in size, there is no sacrifice of quality here - this will satisfy any discerning palate with a top-tier beverage in 375ml format instead of the usual mass-marketed selection. In addition, Chianti Classico pairs with a variety of foods so not to worry if you are unaware of what they may be serving at the Telluride mid-mountain lodge - you will be drinking in style if you stash one of these in your parka. For those of you that wish to stay closer to home, this makes for a perfect choice when you can't seem to find anything in the cellar or a full 750ml is too much to open. From a great vintage, this organically produced 2006 Chianti Classico delivers a mouthful of fruit, extract, tannin and length - it is far closer to a Riserva (as it usually is) but the extra oomph from 2006 is immediately apparent: Good things do come in small packages. ONE SHIPMENT ONLY - Fontodi is sold out of small format 2006 and hardly any 375ml's came to the US: 2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico 375ml Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy3467

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Fontodi
  • Varietal Sangiovese
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Chianti
  • Appellation Chianti Classico DOCG
  • UPC Codes 607531181828, 607531183396, 607531210016, 8021019000012

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  • In Cellars 634 (32%)
  • Consumed 1,349 (68%)

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