2018 Fattoria di Felsina Fontalloro Toscana

Sangiovese - 750ML
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JS 95 WA 95 VN 95 WE 93 WS 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, August 2021

A tight, fresh Fontalloro with dark cherry, chocolate and toasted oak. Some walnut, too. It’s full-bodied, yet polished and structured. Sort of shy. But this will develop really nicely with some bottle age. Drink after 2023.
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2021

To my palate, the 2018 vintage sometimes feels a little too ripe or baked. I was reminded of those characteristics when tasting the Fèlsina 2018 Fontalloro. There is plenty of dark fruit at its core, but this wine also...
VN 95

Vinous, September 2021

The 2018 Fontalloro is bright, floral and full of energy. In most vintages, Fontalloro is quite open, but the 2018 is especially nervy and taut. That won't be an issue in time, of course, but readers should plan on being...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, May 2022

Forest floor, toasted oak and camphor aromas mingle with dark spice on this 100% Sangiovese. Enveloping and elegantly structured, the savory palate delivers ripe black cherry, raspberry compote, mocha and licorice framed...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, October 2021

Black cherry and blackberry flavors are accented by earth, rosemary and tobacco in this sleek, incisive red, which is balanced and linear, with vibrant acidity driving the long finish, where a note of iron creeps into the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Fattoria di Felsina Fontalloro Toscana is a notable Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy. This red wine, produced by Fattoria di Felsina, is bottled with a cork closure and has an alcohol content of 14.0%.

James Suckling, a notable wine critic, awarded the wine a score of 95 points. He describes it as "tight, fresh" with "dark cherry, chocolate and toasted oak" flavors, complemented by hints of walnut. Suckling notes that it is "full-bodied, yet polished and structured" and suggests that while it is somewhat shy now, it will develop nicely with some bottle age. He recommends drinking it after 2023 (jamessuckling.com, 8/4/2021).

Wine Spectator's review, which gave the wine a score of 92, highlights its "black cherry and blackberry flavors" accented by "earth, rosemary, and tobacco." The review praises the wine for being "balanced and linear," with "vibrant acidity driving the long finish" where a note of iron is also present. They recommend drinking it now (Wine Spectator, 10/15/2021).

Vinous, another respected publication, also gave the wine a high score of 95 points. Antonio Galloni notes the wine is "bright, floral and full of energy," suggesting that although it is "nervy and taut," it will benefit from patience. Galloni commends the Sangiovese for its expressiveness, with "a whole range of floral and savory accents" lingering on the finish (Vinous, 9/21/2021).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, with a score of 95 points, provides a slightly different perspective. Monica Larner describes the 2018 vintage as occasionally feeling "a little too ripe or baked." She notes the presence of "plenty of dark fruit" along with "dry tones of jarred oregano, grilled Mediterranean herb, crushed aspirin, and graham cracker." Larner appreciates the wine's "pleasantly lean and silky" mouthfeel and suggests that additional bottle age will help in fleshing out and softening the wine (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 10/7/2021).

Wine Enthusiast's review, which scores the wine at 93 points, mentions aromas of "forest floor, toasted oak, and camphor" mingling with "dark spice." The review praises the wine for being "elegantly structured" with a savory palate delivering "ripe black cherry, raspberry compote, mocha, and licorice" framed in fine-grained tannins. The wine's "fresh acidity" is noted for keeping it balanced, with a recommended drinking window of 2025–2030 (Wine Enthusiast, 5/1/2022).

In summary, the 2018 Fattoria di Felsina Fontalloro Toscana Sangiovese is a well-regarded wine noted for its complex flavors and potential for aging, receiving excellent reviews from several top wine critics.