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Chianti Classico Riserva 'Vigna Da Fontalle', 2013

Chianti Classico Riserva 'Vigna Da Fontalle', 2013

Ref: A106413

Osteria Machiavelli, Sant' Andrea-in-Percussina, Tuscany, Italy, 2013


Tasted here 23/04: One of the ripest and juiciest Chiantis that I have tasted for a very long time. 2013 was a classic, slow ripening vintage with a late harvest, which is just what Sangioves grapes need to hit top form. [To be honest, in poor Chianti vintages, you're much better off drinking our Morellino di Scansano instead.] However, the 2013's had nearly an extra month on the vines before harvesting and this extra 'hang time' helped moderate the acidity and allow lovely flavours of tangy red cherry, sweet cassis, fig and roasted red pepper to evolve. Fabulous value for money from an area that that never knowingly under-charges. ABV 14.5%

By chance, Decanter has just held a tasting of 2013 and 2104 Chianti Classico (May 2018) and our modest little offering achieved 91/100 against some very big (and expensive) names. The next cheapest wine at this level was £16.48, with most of the UK available wines coming out at above £20 - and a lot more!

From the estate where Niccolo Machiaveli went into exile from Florence after being brutally tortured by the Medicis on suspicion of conspiracy against them. The winery's cellars are 500 years old and lie below the exact site where he lived. Niccolo Machiavelli is a controversial historical figure (it's where the expression Old Nick as a synonym for the Devil came from) who is infamous for his book The Prince, which is a masterpiece of commentary on how power should be exercised by medieval rulers. The book has been represented as glorifying "the ends justifies the means" and that it's better for a prince to be widely feared rather than greatly loved. Needless to say, most of the hot air on this issue came from people who had never actually read the book and it is now often interpreted as a disguised plea for a Republic.


 Contains Sulphites

Region Italy - Tuscany

Grape Sangiovese

Producer Borgo Salcetino

Vintage 2013

Eco Warrior  0

Colour Red

Dryness Medium Dry

Body Medium Bodied


Drink Drink or keep

Price: 15.71


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