Clinton Macsherry wrote:Fontodi Chianti Classico 2001
An initial nose of sawdust and red meat calms down after half an hour, leaving dark berries, new shoe leather, some lingering oak, and an odd note of cocktail sauce. Prettier on the palate, with red plums, strawberries, and chocolate. Medium-bodied, with moderate acidity and grippy tannins that seem wood-influenced. Probably not as ho-hum as I’m making it sound, but I look for more brightness and elegance in CC. I expected better from this producer. $22, and I’d already bought another bottle. Darn. 13.5% alcohol.
Rahsaan wrote:Evidently they do not use oak, or at least say they do not
Of course they use new oak on the higher level cuvees.
Rahsaan wrote:Maybe this is in a weird stage, but it does see zero new oak.
I don't think it was ever a blockbuster wine chock full of fruit, but perhaps the wood-tannins stuck out because it has not yet entered secondary development?
The Fontodi website says the CC is aged in barriques and 'piccoli botti,' although they don't say what percent new. In my experience Sangiovese shows oak very readily.
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