RD invited a few of the Chicago Wine Mafia over on Saturday for a 6 course Italian dinner. Allred, RobA, RD myself and our wives/girlfriends attended. This flight of 3 wines were served with Osso Bucco and Cannellini Bean Ragout and was our last course (recipe is at the link). I must admit that I was stuffed by the time this course came around and could not finish it. I thought it was very tasty though and was a good match with these Supertuscans. Personally I prefer an Amarone with Osso Bucco but this worked.
Flaccianello is my favorite Supertuscan. My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting this winery on a trip to Tuscany in 1998. These wines are made from 100% Sangiovese. My favorite vintage of this wine was the 1997 although the 2001 was also mighty tasty. Here are my notes on these wines:
- 1988 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola - Italy, Tuscany, Vino da Tavola
3rd time I have had this wine and it showed well every time. The last 2 times were in 2002. This was my favorite bottle of the 3 I've had. RD contributed this to our dinner. It was decanted about an hour and a half before we drank it. 13% alcohol. Very little bricking in this crimson red wine. A little moldiness on the nose that I actually liked. It reminded me that the wine had some character and age. Quite fresh tasting with a firm glycerin level. Earthy character with a good core of sour cherry, lavender and raspberry notes. Silky tannins. A little less body than when I had it 3 years ago but that was more than made for with the freshness of this bottle. 92-93 points.
- 1996 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Allred brought this bottle. 13% alcohol. Nothing jumped up and really grabbed me about this wine but it just had a very elegant style about it. Dry with a smooth finish. Medium bodied with notes of boysenberry, currant and violets. Moderate tannins. No hurry to drink this. 90 points.
- 1998 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
I won this bottle from eyesintime and brought it to this tasting. It was the biggest of the 3 Flaccianello's but not overpowering. Drinking well but there should be no rush to consume it. Good acidity. Notes of chocolatey fruit. Primarily black cherry and cranberry. Some smokiness came out on the finish. 91 points.
Thanks to RD for cooking us such an excellent meal to everyone for the great company.