Fontodi Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello, 1997
We have cellared this super Tuscan for the past 6 years. This wine made the wine Spectator "Top 100" list back in 2000. Wine Spectator rated this wine 95 points. This red has great aromas of ripe berries, meat and spices. The color is a deep dark ruby that is nearly opaque. The wine has a great mouth-feel with deep black cherry, strawberries and cream. The wine is full-bodied, with polished, well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Although this is a 1997 vintage (a great vintage in Tuscany), it still has abundant fresh fruit characteristic and a vitality that shows it could handle 5 or 10 more years of cellaring. We enjoyed this wine with a great meal at Cafe Juanita and we thought it was an outstanding wine to match a fantastic meal.