When you’re searching for an Italian Tocana with an outstanding Quality Price Ratio (“QPR”) it’s hard to pass up Fèlsina. In the numerous published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri award every time.
And their acclaim does not stop there. Both Robert Parker and James Suckling awarded this gem, the 2016 Fèlsina Fontalloro, 98 points! Combine that with an average price around $50, and you can see how this wine oozes QPR!
A deep ruby red with aromatic herbs and notes of tobacco and damp earth. Smooth tannins that will do well over a long period of aging. This is a wine that will stand up to any bottle at a sophisticated dinner party, but accessible enough to enjoy on a Wednesday afternoon at the beach (hence the picture!). It’s still available on various eCommerce sites, but not sure for how much longer. Grab one today.
4.2 Vivino Stars (900+ reviews)
Amazing aromas of licorice, wet earth, orange peel and lavender. Full body, tight and super compact and polished. Goes on for minutes. Clearly great. Better in 2021, but already a star.
The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more.
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