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Community Tasting Notes (71) Avg Score: 92.1 points

  • Medium garnet. Pronounced fully developed aromas of dried cherry, leather, hint of game, earth, smoke. High acidity, medium + fine tannins, full bodied but very elegant, long finish. 15% alcohol was not at all evident. Classic mature chianti.

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  • Three hour decant, the classic nose of a chianti is clearly here, with a spicy blend of forest floor and cherry highlights. The palate is lighter in body but has a lot of complexity going on with wood spice and cherry.

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  • Tasted side by side with 2006, this is silky smooth with nice acids and
    mouth watering fruit and spice, quite long and satisfying. This is getting better and better, love this wine.

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  • Encore une grosse structure et pas mal de matière.
    Après un bon 3 heures de carfe, il s'ouvre.
    Belle acidité et masse tanique, fruits rouges, prunes et cerise avec
    un peu de poivre et de réglisse.
    Long et persistant...encore quelques années pour
    se délier encore plus.

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  • Part of a tasting of 2007 Tuscans held a week ago. I’m not really sure what to make of this wine. It was more advanced in color and on the nose than any of the other wines when it was initially decanted. That was despite the fact that the cork was in great shape and the wine had been stored in appropriate conditions since release. Most of the folks in the room found this wine to be in the bottom of the group, and I agree. It seemed to be putting on weight and improving somewhat by the end of the tasting, which was 5+ hours after decanting. Perhaps it just needed more air and would have shown better with additional time to come around. Again, I’m not sure what to think but was disappointed in this showing.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Fontodi: Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1985-2010 (Feb 2014), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    In a Tuscan State of Mind (Oct 2010), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2012, (See more on 89 points

    (Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo) Group's #4 (my #4) – 67 pts.; 3, 1, 1, 0 - very dark red violet color; deep berry, ripe black fruit, tart black raspberry nose; mature, tart black cherry, tart black raspberry, tangy, tart black fig palate; medium-plus finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18 points

    (Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Riserva) A fairly dark hue here, matched by dark fruit on the nose, still encapsulated by a firm presence of some honeyed oak. The brightness of the fruit does still shine through though. Just a touch of savoury depth behind it as well. The palate has a very appealing substance, gentle and detached, but showing an almost juicy, ripe, and well judged composition through the midpalate, before giving way to a layer of tannins and acidity. This has a very attractive presence in the middle and clearly has very fine potential. Perhaps not the greatest vintage of Vigna del Sorbo but certainly of high quality. Long, tannin-infused finish.


  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/5/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (Vigna del Sorbo)
    Flaccianello et al

    Dear Friends,

    In classic retailer speak, I'm about to tell you the 2007 vintage (at the high end) is as good or better at Fontodi than the 2006. Considering the 2006’s were among the highest rated wines in all of Italy last year (including for the 2006 Flaccianello and for the 2006 Vigna del Sorbo), that statement sounds a bit tenuous and contrived.

    It isn’t.

    I should let Giovanni Manetti (the owner of Fontodi) do the talking for me but he prefers to do the signing. He’s so sure of 2007’s prowess, he’s agreed to sign and personalize large format bottles of 2007 Flaccianello expressly for you – that’s downright unheard of in the wine trade. In other words, he’s going to take the time to personalize each 3.0lt bottle with a note to you on the label – whether you’re Mr. Smith, Mr. Harper, Ms. Jones, etc, you will get a personal note from Giovanni (with your name) thanking you for your patronage. In truth, this is a thank you for the support we’ve (you’ve) given Fontodi over the years. There’s no catch, no gimmick, no ulterior motive – he just wants to do something special that will be remembered and appreciated by our audience. He is not extending this offer to anyone else.

    So, if your own unique and giant 3.0lt bottle of Flaccianello sounds appealing, please let us know at your earliest convenience. I cannot publish the price (as per Giovanni’s request, but we have special pricing for one day on all three wines below) - you can email Niki and she will give you the price list ( ). The only catch from our end is that Giovanni is doing all the signatures/notes this weekend so this offer has to be confirmed by tomorrow night (in other words, we need to know if you would like any of the below by tomorrow afternoon at the latest).

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEDED as a one-off opportunity to acquire a personalized centerpiece for your cellar or collection:

    2007 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 3.0lt (signed/personalized) - $
    (please email Niki for the price: )

    We also have...

    2007 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (750ml) (NOT signed) - $
    (please email Niki for the price)


    2007 Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo (750ml) (NOT signed) - $
    (please email Niki for the price)

    To request prices and/or to order any of the above:

    All are set to depart from Panzano – all will arrive in the late Spring/early Summer (please check OARS for local pick up after July 1st). All will ship during the Fall shipping season.

    Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

    For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact:


    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA

    Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.

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