Antica Fattoria Machiavelli, Vigna di Fontalle, DOCG Chianto Classico, Riserva, Italy, 2008
The vineyard is at 300m altitude, with a southerly exposure, manual harvest, with a 21 day maceration. The back label says … half the must is fermented in barriques over one year (and then what?) and the other 50% is aged for two years in French botti.
Natural cork closure, 14% abv, Conad Supermercato, Latte, near Menton, Italy, about €21
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with slightly high-toned aromas of stewed over-ripe red cherry, blackberry, a slightly medicinal note like blackcurrant ‘Tunes’, a little floral with hints of violet and dried aromatic rose bud, oak and mocha.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium smooth well-integrated tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity with a slightly sweet sensation, with flavours of ripe black cherry, black plum juice, ripe blackberry, savoury and oak hints. A long length, with a clean moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the flavour intensity. A wine of good concentration, quite complex, and developing, with tertiary notes of dried flowers and a savoury character emerging, with a long length. A wine which is ready to drink, having the qualities to improve in cellar over a further 3-5 years.