2016 Fattoria di Felsina Fontalloro

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 98+
Vinous Media: 93-96
James Suckling: 94-95
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
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"The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more." (WA)

"The 2016 Fontalloro is marked by vertical lift and a level of sheer structural intensity that is rare for this usually more sensual wine. Powerful, deep and also quite reticent, the 2016 is going to need a number of years before it starts drinking well. Even so, that it is a very special wine in the making is abundantly evident." (VM)

"A bright and vivid wine with dark-berry and cherry character. Hints of dried flowers. Full body. Impressive density and richness. Always on the mark in a top vintage. 100% sangiovese." (JS)

"Aromas of dark-skinned fruit, exotic spice, blue flower and menthol shape the nose. It's linear, focused and ethereally elegant, offering succulent Morello cherry, raspberry compote and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. Drink 2020–2028." (WE)