Fontodi, Flaccianello della Pieve, 2004

Toscana, Tuscany, Italy

Fontodi, Flaccianello della Pieve, 2004

Toscana, Tuscany, Italy



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Grape Varietes: Sangiovese 100% Wine Style: Medium Bodied Red Winemaker: Giovanni Manetti Optimum Drinking: 2016-2025 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Code: 101873
Estate Notes

Flaccianello della Pieve is Fontodi’s ‘Super-Tuscan’, and one of the first such 100% Sangiovese wines. The 2004 vintage was purchased in its original wooden case.

The key to Fontodi’s success, under Giovanni Manetti and Franco Bernabei, is the amazing quality of its fruit, producing modern, stylish wines, yet with a sense of tradition - combining the best of both worlds - with wonderful poise, balance and concentration.

One of the classic Super Tuscans, Flaccianello is the emblem of grip and elegance at the same time. Grip because it is well-sustained by acidity, which also renders it long-lived. Elegance because it is difficult to find a wine so aristocratic, almost sulky.


"Manetti's 2004 Flaccianello della Pieve (100% Sangiovese aged in 100% new oak) is simply stunning. Fresh and vibrant, it offers compelling aromatics and endless layers of fruit that develop in the glass, with superb length on the palate and gorgeous overall balance. Although it is still holding back much today, make no mistake about it, Flaccianello is one of Italy's blue-chip wines and the 2004 is a profound vintage for this wine. In order to enjoy its full range of expression readers will have to wait at least another five years after which it will provide memorable drinking to age 25, perhaps longer."