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1997 Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Gran Selzione DOCG, Italy

Wine Notes

Indicative blend: Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. Fontodi 'Vigna del Sorbo' Chianti Classico Riserva has been relabeled as 'Gran Selezione' in vintage 2010.

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $54   From: $54   To: $90

Search Rank 1548 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 1548th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 1300th

Score: 92   When to drink: 2005 to 2012
The Wine-Searcher score of 92/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
91/100    
90/100    
18.5/20   2005 to 2012
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Price History for 1997 Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Gran Selzione DOCG, Italy
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Grape Variety

The Cabernet – Sangiovese blend is one of the success stories of 20th-Century Italian winemaking. Used in this context, the blend may refer to any combination of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Essentially, the wine is an example of modern Tuscan blending practices, but it has proven so popular that it has spread all over Italy and into the United States and ...more


Region
  • Chianti Classico is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established viticultural area. The term classico is used in this way in several Italian wine regions (Orvieto and Valpolicella, for example), although Chianti is almost certainly the most famous example. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and winemaking traditions. The typical Chianti Classico wine is a ruby-red, Sangiovese-based wine with aromas of violets and cherries and a hint of earthy spice.

    Bottles of Chianti Classico wine are marked by the DOCG's black cockerel logo. While this symbol has a clear practical application ( ...more

  • Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. Although a wine of ancient origin, Chianti has been recognized by its geographical area only since the Middle Ages.

    The official Chianti wine zone was officially demarcated by Cosimo Medici III in the early 18th Century, and the wine’s defining character came abo...more

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