Fontanelle Chianti Porta Al Sole (750ml)
Azienda Agricola Fontanelle consists of four farm buildings on 55 hectares of land, west of Chianciano in Southern Tuscany. Being a small family-run business has enabled its owners to produce a limited yet prestigious selection of wines, Chianti DOC, Toscana IGT and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. In addition to wine production, the family’s love for their land and tradition, means that they also produce extra-virgin olive oil, breed Tuscan pigs, called cinta senese and practice arboriculture.
Riccardo Rosati, completely dedicated and full of experience that has been handed down from generations, looks after the vineyards of high density and low yield per hectare, ensuring that the wine is of high quality without losing its original flavor. The wine production, which is exclusively from the owner’s vineyard, is intentionally limited. The choice of looking after small areas of land containing the best characteristics of soil, optimum position and high density planting have awarded the owner with high quality wines that are well-structured and complex.
The wine is ruby red in the glass and vibrant, fresh and fragrant on the nose and palate. Some bottle age adds a pleasant layer of complexity and interest. Enjoy with pasta dishes, roasted red meats and cheeses.
Chianti Colli Senesi is a sub-zone of Chianti DOC with the strictest production standards (mandating higher percentage of Sangiovese and no white grapes in the blend). This one is made from 80% Sangiovese and a 20% blend of Canaiolo, Mammolo and Merlot. The grapes are hand harvested at the end of September and into October and softly crushed and fermented at a controlled temperature with 15 days of maceration. There is no ageing, only a short time spent in stainless steel and then bottle.
In October 2018 Jason MacLeod and I got the chance to accompany a group of Bishop’s Cellar customers to southern Tuscany on a wine tour. One of the highlights of the trip was a leisurely lunch and wine tasting at a stylish wine bar in Chianciano where the sommelier, Ettore, introduced us to the wines of Fontanelle, which were made by his friends just down the road. We thought that our friends back home in Nova Scotia ought to try these wines too. If you want the full taste experience, these wines sing when paired with simple Tuscan fare; try them with a bowl of hearty Tuscan chickpea soup and rustic bread or Pecorino cheese and cured meats.