The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries, producing the finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. The same attention to detail that makes them the best producers of terracotta has been brought to bear on Fontodi over the past 50 years, transforming a crumbling farmhouse with a few hectares of vineyard into one of Chianti Classico’s most impressive estates.
The wine has turned out to be a beguiling charmer. Because the wines are lighter, Giovanni decided to age them in large oak, in contrast to the barriques he uses at Fontodi. Made solely from Sangiovese, it has a lovely color, with Pinot Noir-like clarity in both the glass and on the nose. It has a lifted, dark cherry fragrance yielding to intense yet elegant fruit on the palate, all nicely supported by fine, grainy tannins.