Fontodi, Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) 2016

($44):  Fontodi, one of the great names in Chianti Classico, is located in the heart of that region, in what’s known as the Conca d’Oro (golden shell) because of the amphitheater-like exposure.  It’s a perfect area for bringing Sangiovese, the only grape used for this Chianti Classico, to perfect ripeness.  The wine is ripe, yet racy, refreshing and bright.  Its floral component tantalizes, while the deep, dark, bitter cherry-like flavors satisfy.  Ready to enjoy now, this bold, but balanced, wine will develop additional complexity with bottle age, so there’s no rush.
94 Michael Apstein Mar 26, 2019