Fontodi, Chianti Classico, Toscana, 2005

Finally, a name we can all pronounce! This is a great producer and a classic Chianti. It possessed just about everything I would expect and want from a Chianti: lots of varietal sangiovese characteristics, and tons of character. I smelled mushrooms, tomatoes, raspberry, blackberry, and cherry notes, and a minerally “saltiness” that is often associated with good Chiantis. It was very expansive in the mouth and delighted me with concentrated ripe fruit—like blackberries and other forest berries. It was lovely, complex, with dusty dry tannins that didn’t bother me at all in the long finish. A really great effort in what some have called a difficult vintage in Chianti.

My score: 91; $27