2012 Flaccianello della Pieve, IGT, Tenuta Fontodi (6 x Bottle)

Italy Tuscany

Tasted next to the 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, the Flaccianello is richer, deeper and more flamboyant. Super-ripe red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and dark spices meld together in a deep, powerful wine. The 2012 is impressive, but personally I prefer the finesse and freshness of the Sorbo. The greater influence of new French oak is also felt in the wine s texture. Still, that is splitting hairs, as the level here is high. Very high.

2012 Flaccianello della Pieve, IGT, Tenuta Fontodi (6 x Bottle)

Tasted next to the 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, the Flaccianello is richer, deeper and more flamboyant. Super-ripe red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and dark spices meld together in a deep, powerful wine. The 2012 is impressive, but personally I prefer the finesse and freshness of the Sorbo. The greater influence of new French oak is also felt in the wine s texture. Still, that is splitting hairs, as the level here is high. Very high.

Italy Tuscany
Producer Tenuta Fontodi
Region Tuscany
Country Italy
Grape Variety Sangiovese
Vintage 2012
Colour Red
ABV 14.00%

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Vinous

The 2012 Flaccianello della Pieve, a selection of the estate s best fruit, presents a darker, more virile expression of Sangiovese. Here, too, the purity of the flavors is truly striking. Cinnamon, cloves, new leather, licorice and plums are some of the notes that soar from the glass. The 2012 is full-bodied and voluptuous, in classic Flaccianello style, but the new French oak is much better integrated than it often is at this stage, the result of a move to lower toast levels over the last few years. This is one of the finest young Flaccianellos I can remember. Simply put, the 2012 Flaccianello is a real stunner. Wow!

97 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2032

By Antonio Galloni / September 2015

Vinous

Tasted next to the 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, the Flaccianello is richer, deeper and more flamboyant. Super-ripe red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and dark spices meld together in a deep, powerful wine. The 2012 is impressive, but personally I prefer the finesse and freshness of the Sorbo. The greater influence of new French oak is also felt in the wine s texture. Still, that is splitting hairs, as the level here is high. Very high.

97 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2037

By Antonio Galloni / October 2016

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Whereas the 2011 vintage is overtly ripe, the 2012 Flaccianello della Pieve is slightly more evolved. Instead of sweet ripeness, you get savory ripeness with dried fruit, prune, black licorice, balsam herb, rosemary essence and scorched earth. The 2012 season produced fewer flowers, and yields in this vintage were naturally reduced as a result. Like 2011, however, this vintage saw an early harvest thanks to hot and dry conditions during the summer that increased the speed of ripening. This edition reveals more thickness and dense concentration as well, something you notice in the intensity of the mouthfeel and the firmness of the wine’s tannic structure.

94+ Points / Drinking 2019 - 2033

By Monica Larner / July 2019