" We rate this on a par with our Valserrano Finca Monteviejo which is about as much praise as we would EVER heap on a wine. It?s an absolute blockbuster! Rich with, ripe red fruit, made in an utterly seductive, modern style. Clean on the nose and pure on the palate, it?s a fresh and modern styled Sangiovese. Succulent and sweet right now, we think there?ll be a few happy customers who might be tucking a bottle or two away in the cellar just to see what a treat they may end up with. "Export to PDF
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Wine Type... Red WineVintage... 2004Style... Medium Bodied RedsCountry... ItalyRegion... TuscanyGrower Name... Fattoria Le FontiGrape Variety... SangioveseABV... 14.5%
Fattoria Le Fonti
Halfway between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, lies the small village of Panzano. Just below the village church, at 450 m above sea level, is our property, the Fattoria Le Fonti. It extends over 15 hectares (37 acres); 8.5 hectares (21 acres) are vineyards and the rest olive groves.Compared to other vineyards in the area, Le Fonti is a small boutique style farm producing about 40,000 bottles or 3300 cases a year. Since 1994 Le Fonti is in the hands of the Schmitt-Vitali family. From the harvest to the final blend, we depend on family manpower and sophisticated taste. For expert consultation and knowledge, we rely on our enologist Dr Stefano Chioccioli.Since 1994 we have replanted all of the vineyards, taking great care to select the right type of plants with the correct rootstock. We have also renovated and extended the cellars. The roots of a great wine are found in the vineyard and we strive to keep them in balance by farming sustainably (organic). Thanks to our relative small size we can follow the production with great care: only the best grapes arrive in the cellar and only the best selections get bottled in the end.
Le Fonti?s vineyards are situated just below the village of Panzano, resembling a horseshoe-shape around the winery. Since 1994 all the vineyards have been replanted with selected rootstocks and plants adapted to our area, elevation and soil type. The vineyards are farmed sustainably to save the integrity of the environment. We strongly believe that a great wine starts in the vineyard and thus take meticulous care of our vines and select only the best grapes for the cellar.The vineyards are planted on a mixed soil of gravel, schist, limestone, sand and clay - a soil mixture also known as Galestro. The composition of soil differs throughout the property and our vines are planted to use this to their best advantage.
Tuscany is arguably one of the most important wine-producing regions in Italy, where it is known locally as Toscana. A full 68% of the region is classified as 'hilly' and hillside vineyards produce the overwhelming majority of the highest quality wines. Sangiovese, the region's signature grape variety, seems to thrive on the concentration of sunlight that these slopes provide. Growers also value the diurnal temperature variation as an important factor in creating aromatic qualities.
From Carmignano in the north, to Chianti and Brunello further south, Sangiovese is synonomous with quality wines of the region. White wines are also produced in more than a dozen DOCs, mainly from the local Trebbiano grape.
Sangiovese is Italy's most widely planted red grape variety, particularly common in Central Italy and most notably, principally responsible for the fine red wines of Tuscany. It is the base of the blend for Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and most Supertuscans. It produces high quality wines with a characteristic red fruit flavour profile, particularly of sour red cherries, and has high acidity and the potential for great longevity.