1997 in Tuscany was hailed by many to be the “Vintage of the Century”. I’ve tasted many 1997’s and while the vintage is certainly spectacular, I think it remains to be seen how it will fare when the history is written. That said, if the 1997 Fontodi Flaccianello is any indication, the history will be very favorable indeed.
Flaccianello comes from a pristine property in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. Born as a “Super Tuscan” it could easily be labeled as a Chianti Classico under the new laws given that it is 100% Sangiovese – but Fontodi has chosen to keep the Flaccianello name honored, and with great result.
The 1997 is fabulous. Deep, dark, blackish red – even at 15 years of age. It’s throwing a significant coffee grind like sediment and must be decanted. The aromas are powerful and sharply focused. Roasted coffee, black cherries, turned earth, tobacco, herbs and flowers present a tough act for the palate to follow. But it does so masterfully. The wine is full bodied, with rich, ripe delicious black raspberry and black cherry flavors that are complimented by dried herbs, smoked meat, and espresso. Still turns slightly chewey on the finish but with braised short ribs over papardelle, the tannins melted away. It’s hard to find fault here. The only downside is the price of current releases of this wine, which have taken a ridiculously high turn for the worse.
98 points, about $45 on release.
|A cool shot through Instagram’s “Bronzing Haze”|
Another shot showing the color of the wine……
|100% Sangiovese: Fontodi Flaccianello|
And the short ribs that helped make this wine shine…..
|Braised Short Ribs with Homemade Papardelle|
September 25, 2012