The area of vineyards has been developed in the amphitheatre of the south facing hills of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, at 350-430m asl, a part of which are to be found quite near the wonderful Roman Basilica of Sant’Antimo, and the rest in the hill side slopes from Castelnuovo dell’Abate toward Orcia. The soil is limy with stratified formation of “galestro” (marls). The climate is extremely particular and at one and the same time favours robust and elegant wines because of the strong exposure to the sun during the day thanks to the configuration of the hills where the vineyards are located, with a good thermal drop at night due to the fresh winds coming from nearby Mount Amiata.
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Sassomagno Sant’Antimo DOC 2009
Cherry, licorice, tobacco and herb flavors reign in this juicy yet firm red. It’s balanced and fresh, with a chewy finish. Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2014. 448 cases imported.
Wine Spectator, October 2011
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Rosso di Montalcino 2009
Fanti’s 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is elegant and inviting, characterized by a perfect equilibrium. The aftertaste recalls olfactory perfumes, with notes of cherry and vanilla
Bright and simple, with lean strawberry flavors and spicy tannin, this is a clean red to serve with antipasto.
Wine & Spirits Best Buy, April 2012
A supple, charming red, evoking strawberry, cherry and rhubarb flavors. There’s ample acidity, which keeps it all defined on the moderate finish. Best from 2012 through 2019. 448 cases imported.
88 Points, Wine Spectator, October 2011
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Rosso di Montalcino 2010
A subtle and spicy wine with lovely ripe fruit as well. Full and juicy with bright acidity and a silky textured finish. Fine wine. Drink now.
90 Points, James Suckling
Brunello di Montalcino 2007
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
91 Points, Wine Spectator Insider, June 6, 2012
90 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
90+ Points, Decanter Magazine
Brunello di Montalcino 2008
The great thing about this Brunello from Fanti is that it delivers complexity and intensity, but remains approachable and user friendly nonetheless. It’s like a comfortable cashmere coat: There’s class and elegance with a utilitarian side. Pair it with tri-tip slow cooked over coals. —M.L.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
Displays plenty of graphite, spice and personality, along with a lacy texture and supple tannins. The lively acidity focuses the cherry, strawberry and spice flavors, revealing an echo of spice on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2030.
90 Points, Wine Spectator, March 2013
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007
Polished and tight, this riserva opens with delicate berry tones backed by tobacco and tangy spice. The wine’s personality is elegant and austere with a touch of playful sweet-cherry fruit on the mid palate. Give it 5–10 more years to continue its evolution. —M.L.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast, May 2013