1 Feb 2020
After following the excellent 2015 vintage, the 2016 vintage in Tuscany had big shoes to fill.
Like other regions in Europe, the 2016’s after initial and retrospective tastings are gaining an edge on the 2015’s. The 2015 vintage was a little riper whereas the 2016 tend to have more structure fresher acidity with a lot more aging potential. The highs in 2016 were a little higher. Comments like “The 2016 Sassicaia stands tall next to the epic 1985 vintage”-Monica Larner and “The 2016 Flaccianello della Pieve is off the charts.”- Antonio Galloni. these wines are special and worth having in your cellar.
The three producers offered below are a selection of wines I really liked and highly recommend. With selected tasting notes from The Wine Advocate and Vinous Media I am pleased to offer the following,
10 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico @ £87 per case 6 IB (great value lovely drinking. I have always like the Chianti from Fontodi)
94 points……..”The 2016 Chianti Classico Fontodi brings together all the elements that make the Fontodi wines so unique, but with an extra kick of freshness and aromatic intensity that is the result of a year with notable diurnal shifts during the growing season. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice and menthol develop in the glass, but it is the wine’s extraordinary balance and sheer appeal that stand out most. In time, 2016 may very well become the new benchmark for Fontodi’s Chianti Classico. The 2016 is flat-out delicious. That’s pretty much all there is to it.“-Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com.
Also 92 points Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
3 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Fontodi Chianti Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo @ £295 per 6 IB
98 points….”The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is another benchmark wine from Tuscany that shows the incredible potential of this iconic vintage. This beautiful single-vineyard Sangiovese reveals a graceful side with dark fruit intensity, cherry, plum, fresh violets and tilled earth. Tar, tobacco and licorice appear as delicate background tones, giving more volume and texture to the wine’s sensorial impact. Vigna del Sorbo shows its own precise identity that is fiercely faithful to Sangiovese, but that also pushes the boundaries to go beyond our highest expectations of the grape in terms of color, concentration, aromatic complexity and staying power. That’s the Panzano magic in a nutshell.“-Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
Also 97+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com.
Double 100 points….
4 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve @ £685 per 6 IB
100 points….”Fontodi’s 2016 Flaccianello della Pieve is a masterpiece. This review represents a composite of notes from two separate tasting sessions, one at the winery and a second bottle tasted repeatedly over the course of 24 hours at my own pace. In the case of the second sample, it ended up in a blind flight next to the 2016 Masseto, and as beautiful as that Merlot-based wine is, this wine paints an even more beautiful portrait of a perfect Tuscan landscape, thanks to that tangy Sangiovese typicity. This vintage shows amazing depth and poise, with a sheer sense of elegance that comes from the undisputed quality of fruit achieved in this balanced vintage. The bouquet opens to dark cherry, blue flower and tilled earth. The tannins are taut, almost crunchy, and the wine offers profound pedigree and persistence that is driven by the evident acidity. That depth is what stands out most. Until the 2013 vintage, Flaccianello was aged in barrique for 24 months. After that vintage, six months of the total aging time is spent in botte instead. This 2016 vintage includes a small part from clay amphorae for the first time. This slight change in the relationship of wine to barrel size has resulted in a more elegant and finessed wine. That point is especially underlined in this vintage. Because of cool spring temperatures during the flowering, yields were reduced by 20% in 2016 compared to 2015. Some 65,000 bottles were made. “-Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
Also 100 points…..”The 2016 Flaccianello della Pieve is off the charts. Fresh, vibrant and explosive, with tremendous overall intensity, the 2016 possesses magnificent richness, with sumptuous fruit purity and simply unreal balance. Creamy, silky tannins add to the wine’s sophistication and overall polish. The 2016 is dark, inky and powerful, but not at all heavy. Giovanni Manetti gave the 2016 18 months in French oak (75-80% new), followed by 6 months in cask. This is the first vintage in which a small amount (2%) of the wine was aged in amphora. In a word: stunning! Don’t miss it.“-Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com.
4 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia @ £197 per case 6 IB
96+ points…..”The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is powerful, rich and explosive, with tremendous drive. Even so, several bottles have been quite closed. That is probably a very good sign for the long-term, but readers should not plan on touching a bottle anytime soon. A wine of vertical drive and aromatic nuance, the 2016 Rancia is super-complexed. Only with a few hours of air does it show the nuances and layers that were so evident from barrel. The 2016 is a painfully stubborn wine in the early going, but it will offer superb drinking pleasure for those who can wait.“- Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com.
Also 96 points Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
4 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Felsina Fontalloro @ £205 per case 6 IB
98+ points……”The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more. “- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
Also 96 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com.
2 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Sassicaia, Bolgheri (San Guido, Tenuta) @ £1120 per case 6 IB
100 points……”The 2016 Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. I tasted this wine several times during the course of its creation in both barrel and bottle, and the highly deserved 100-point score you see here was enthusiastically assigned at the conclusion of a mini vertical in which I tasted and compared the 2016 vintage against 2015 (which I scored 97 points). It makes perfect sense to present these two excellent vintages in back-to-back comparison fashion because they are two of the best to emerge from Bolgheri, and indeed Tenuta San Guido, in recent memory. These are very similar vintages with long, hot summer months that fueled a long growing season. There was a bit more rain in 2016, and in analytical terms this vintage has a tad more acidity. However, the results in the glass are extraordinarily different. The 2015 vintage is exuberant, round, succulent and immediate, whereas the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision (with similar grit and texture at the back). That acidity will carry it long into the future as the wine completes its slow evolutionary course. This wine is chiseled and sharp with blackberry, ripe cherry, grilled herb and barbecue spice. The aromas flow from the glass in a continuous stream and are all marked by radiant intensity. The mouthfeel is long and powerful. The crisp linearity of the wine’s tannic backbone is perfectly measured to the volume and depth of the fruit flavors. To my mind, the 2016 Sassicaia stands tall next to the epic 1985 vintage that set the ultimate benchmark for vino italiano.“- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
Also 96+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com.
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