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Flaccianello della Pieve 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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Hailing from the esteemed Fontodi winery, the Flaccianello della Pieve 2018 emerges as a testament to the artistry of winemaker Giovanni Minetti. This exquisite wine, a pure Sangiovese, is a shining example of the Colli Toscana Centrale IGT appellation. Born from a meticulous selection of the best vineyards, the Fontodi Flaccianello boasts an impressive pedigree, embodying the quintessence of Tuscan winemaking tradition.
In the glass, the Flaccianello wine reveals a vibrant ruby red hue, hinting at the depth and complexity within. The visual allure is just the beginning, as this wine unfolds a captivating array of aromas. The nose is greeted with an intoxicating blend of ripe black cherry, black currant, and blackberry, characteristic of a classic Sangiovese. These primary fruit notes are elegantly intertwined with subtle hints of violet, iron, and juniper, adding a unique depth and sophistication to the aromatic profile.
Upon tasting, the Flaccianello delle Pieve 2018 showcases its full splendor. The palate is treated to a harmonious structure where the lush fruit flavors are perfectly balanced with a lively acidity and dusty tannins. The wine’s personality reveals itself with brooding darkness and austerity, beautifully complemented by savory tones of cigar smoke and earthy leather. The richly concentrated core, abundant with blackberry and plum, is enveloped in velvety, yet youthful and grippy tannins, indicating a promising future for this exquisite bottle.
The Flaccianello wine has garnered significant critical acclaim, a testament to its exceptional quality. Awarded 96 points by Wine Spectator, the wine is praised for its harmonious structure and depth. Wine Advocate, giving it 98 points, celebrates its defiance of the challenging 2018 vintage, highlighting the wine’s impressive concentration and elegant austerity. Decanter, with 96 points, admires its Mediterranean character and refined tannins, while James Suckling’s 97 points commend its incredible depth and power.
This Fontodi Flaccianello, with its impeccable balance and elegant structure, is not just a wine but a journey through the heart of Tuscany’s vinicultural excellence. Each sip reveals a facet of its complex character, making it a memorable experience for any wine enthusiast. The Flaccianello della Pieve 2018 is best enjoyed from 2024 through 2043, promising a glorious evolution as it matures gracefully in the bottle.
In conclusion, the Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2018 stands as a paragon of Sangiovese perfection. From its captivating aroma to its robust and layered palate, this wine is a true masterpiece, reflecting the dedication and expertise of Giovanni Minetti and the rich terroir of its Tuscan home. It is a celebration of the winemaker’s craft, a luxurious expression of the Flaccianello lineage, and a treasure for any collector or connoisseur.

28 reviews for Flaccianello della Pieve 2018

  1. Shirley Wilson

    The flaccianello wine has a robust flavor profile; oak and leather notes harmoniously intertwine with a hint of cherry. A fine choice for a cozy evening.

  2. Maria Rider

    The flaccianello wine is a symphony of flavors! The smoky, red fruit notes, complemented by a hint of licorice, make it a unique experience. Perfect for special occasions.

  3. Kelly Martinez

    Loved the flaccianello wine. The subtle taste of mint and cinnamon, coupled with the richness of dried herbs, is absolutely refreshing.

  4. Marie Struck

    Absolutely loved the Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve. The flavor of plum and cherry is just delightful, with a hint of tobacco that’s truly unique.

  5. Lauren Oberle

    Flaccianello delle pieve is a gem for wine lovers. The subtlety of vanilla and chocolate is underpinned by a bold black cherry base. Great to pair with a hearty meal.

  6. Victoria Crayton

    Just had a bottle of flaccianello delle pieve and it’s a revelation. The earthy undertones mixed with the taste of dark fruit give it a robust character.

  7. David Chambley

    Fontodi flaccianello della pieve is an exquisite wine with a complex palate. The earthy taste beautifully balances the sweetness of plum and blackberry. Truly delightful!

  8. Danielle Hernandez

    The flaccianello wine is a real treat. The rich flavors of blackberry and vanilla are perfectly balanced. It’s a must-try!

  9. Nellie Mcallister

    Fontodi flaccianello is a sensory delight. The dark fruit and raspberry flavors, combined with a hint of cedar and pepper, create a captivating taste. Highly recommended!

  10. William Johnson

    Flaccianello wine is an epicurean delight. The unique combination of clove, prune, forest floor and tar flavors, infused with minerals and cassis, leaves a lasting impression. Perfect for wine enthusiasts.

  11. Linda Davenport

    Fontodi flaccianello della pieve is a truly remarkable wine. The flavors of red fruit and licorice are well balanced and make for a delightful drinking experience.

  12. Jamie Henrick

    Flaccianello delle pieve is a wine that impresses. The taste of dark fruit and raspberry is rich and indulgent.

  13. Dennis Lopez

    The flaccianello wine is a delight. The flavors of black fruit and cedar are robust and full-bodied, making it a perfect choice for a special occasion.

  14. Jessica Escobar

    Flaccianello delle pieve is a wine that stands out. The taste of strawberry and sour cherry is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

  15. James Mcintyre

    Flaccianello delle pieve is an enchanting wine. The blackcurrant and coffee undertones, accentuated with a dash of balsamic, make it a rich and intense experience. Ideal for a fancy dinner.

  16. Kathryn Davenport

    The Fontodi flaccianello della pieve wine is a class apart. The blend of dark chocolate and mushroom flavors, with a tinge of violet and red cherry, is truly compelling. A must-try!

  17. Laura Elder

    Flaccianello wine is a true gem. The rich flavors of balsamic and blueberry, coupled with the earthy undertones of mushroom, make it a standout wine.

  18. Emilio Adkins

    Fontodi flaccianello is a wine that keeps on giving. The flavors of red cherry and clove are perfectly balanced, and the hint of prune adds a unique touch.

  19. Darin Coleman

    Fontodi flaccianello is a wine lover’s dream. The mix of raspberry and licorice flavors is absolutely sublime.

  20. Joanna Henderson

    Just tried the flaccianello delle pieve and it’s fantastic. The earthy taste of the forest floor mixed with the tartness of tar is a delightful combination.

  21. Luis Shannon

    The Fontodi flaccianello della pieve is a wine that’s full of surprises. The taste of violet and red cherry is subtle yet distinct, making it an absolute treat.

  22. Amy Zettlemoyer

    Flaccianello wine is pure indulgence. The taste of black cherry and mushroom with a hint of oak is simply irresistible.

  23. Janice Alexander

    Fontodi flaccianello della pieve is a true classic. The flavors of minerals and cassis are distinct and give the wine a unique flavor profile.

  24. Janice Oswald

    Fontodi flaccianello della pieve has a complex flavor profile. The dark chocolate and blueberry notes are a delightful surprise.

  25. John Bowles

    The flavor profile of Fontodi flaccianello is outstanding. The cocoa and toast flavors add a unique richness to the wine.

  26. Maria Obrian

    One sip of the flaccianello delle pieve and I was sold. The chocolate and coffee flavors are distinct and absolutely delicious.

  27. Joe Null

    Fontodi flaccianello is a winner in my book. The flavors of blackcurrant and coffee are distinct and add a unique character to the wine.

  28. Stephen Cave

    Loved the flaccianello wine. The rich leather and cedar notes are a match made in heaven, with a hint of pepper for the perfect kick.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 96
Wine Spectator
Ripe black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit is beautifully displayed on the harmonious structure in this red. Violet, iron and juniper notes add depth, while the aftertaste gets lift from the lively acidity and dusty tannins. Best from 2024 through 2043.
WA 98
Wine Advocate
Generally speaking, I have reservations concerning the 2018 vintage that saw intermittent periods of hot and cold with some rain thrown in at the end of the growing cycle. The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve blasted straight through any lingering doubt and is the result of a deft winemaking hand. This is a phenomenal and proudly confident vintage of the estate's top Sangiovese, which represents a blend of organic fruit from the best parcels. The wine's personality reveals brooding darkness and austerity, and these impressions are reinforced by savory tones of cigar smoke and earthy leather. The core of the wine is tight and richly concentrated with generous blackberry and plum. The velvety tannins are integrated but still youthful and grippy. You'll definitely need to give this elegant wine more time in the bottle. Production is an ample 60,000 bottles.
DEC 96
Produced since 1981, Flaccianello was a single-vineyard wine up to 2003, then a selection of the best grapes of the estate. Guyot-trained Sangiovese is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts for at least three weeks, then racked in barrels for the malolactic fermentation. It ages for 24 months in barrels. An enticing aroma unfolds its Mediterranean character in the glass with liquorice stick, bergamot, helichrysum, raspberry and cherry in depth. On the palate it shows extremely good volume for the 2018 vintage. Firm and youthful with refined tannins and crisp acidity, this is a wine of straight elegance.
JS 97
James Suckling
Incredible depth and power to this with a solid core of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Greatness in the making.
GA 98
One of the most famous so-called ‘Super Tuscan' from 100% pure Sangiovese. A stunning vineyard selection, then aged in small oak barrels for 24 months. Small red fruits of undergrowth at the nose, raspberry, and red currant, then scents of eucalyptus and nutmeg at the end. The mouthfeel is breathtaking: crispy, dense, intense, vertical with salty tannins. Great persistence with a fruity-salty taste returning.
VIN 100
The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve is another stellar wine from Fontodi. It is the richest Flaccianello ever made (in terms of dry extract), with elevated acidity that trails the 2016 by just a touch, but it does not taste like that at all. Dark cherry, violet, lavender, spice, mocha and graphite build with a bit of time in the glass. Like the Sorbo, the 2018 Flaccianello is not a wine of size, as in most previous years, but rather a wine that exudes vibrancy, energy and class from start to finish. I absolutely loved it.

What does Flaccianello della Pieve 2018 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

stone fruit, nectarine

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, campfire

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, asparagus

raisin, fig, prune


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Flaccianello della Pieve 2018

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Winemaker of Flaccianello della Pieve 2018

Giovanni Minetti

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