The 2013 Chianti Classico is gorgeous. My impression is that proprietor Giovanni Manetti has pulled back on the intensity in his wines, although he insists nothing has changed. Still, the 2013 impresses for its total polish and finesse. Of course, some of that may be attributable to the late-ripening vintage. In my view, slightly shorter macerations and more use of large format oak plays a role here. At the same time, there is plenty of Fontodi's signature textural richness, but also striking aromatic presence and tons of persistence. A closing burst of acidity adds vivacity to the dark red and blue stone fruit flavors. The 2013 is fresh, less heavy and also less oaky than some recent editions. This is an absolutely impeccable wine from Fontodi.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033
Panzano, from a vineyard in the heart of the Conca d’Oro, or ‘golden shell’, of Chianti Classico. Mid crimson. Edgy, stimulating nose-tickling aroma. Medium body and great balance. Definitely for food with its mild bitterness on the end. Racy. The ultimate food wine. Dry finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2022