Fanti is a winery in Località Podere Palazzo near Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the southern part of the Montalcino region, Tuscany. It is well set up for visitors. Wines are made under the Sant’Antimo DOC, Rosso di Montalcino DOC, and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
Background: The estate was originally bought by Filippo Fanti’s grandfather [who named it Tenuta San Filippo it seems] when it consisted of 300 hectares of olives and grain, and with 30 hectares of vines. Filippo Fanti bottled his first wine in 1983.
Contact: Elisa Fanti (an agronomist) and her sister Elena (who handles international PR. Their father is Filippo Baldassarre Fanti (former President of the Brunello Consorzio).
Staff: Oenologist: Stefano Chioccioli since the 1990s.
Estate vineyards: Near the Abbey of Sant’Antimo in Castelnuovo dell’Abate. 50 hectares. High vine density. 350 metres.
Winery, winemaking: Cellars underneath the house in the middle of the village, but a new winery is planned. 100% hand picked.
Sant’Antimo Rosso DOC Sassomagno: 2011 60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 8 months in 30hl botti and 225-litre French barrels. Modern style colour, sweet blackcurrants, some wood too, just abou tbalanced, pretty simple (Anteprima 2014). | 2012 50,000 bottles. | 2018 30,000 bottles.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2011 At the consorzio with Ian d’Agata Tuesday 28th May 2013: Deepish crimson-cedar core with a purply rim. Frank youthful red raspberry fruit, ripe red flavours, worth re-visiting in 3-5 years’ time to see how cedary/savoury the fruit turns. | 2012 60,000 bottles. 12 months in barrel and botti. Appley nose, odd, mint (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 60,000 bottles. Nice sweet fruit, well balanced, clean, modern, not soulless (Anteprima 2015). | 2014 Fruit a bit dusty with and some tankines, juicy, appetising, simple and ripe (Anteprima 2016). | 2018 30,000 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Fanti: 1999 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, although Parker (quoted by Kerin O’Keefe: World of Fine Wine 11/2006, p.80) said ‘Good as it is, it is rather perplexing…not a wine that seems to have much to do with Sangiovese and Montalcino.’ | 2000 Rich modern chocolate style, flatters to deceive somewhat as essentially light (Anteprima 2005). | 2009 60,000 bottles. Bit odd, evolved, animal and leather, my guess is this had to be re-thought post-scandal, sweet, some alcohol burn, OK weight, sweet end (Anteprima 2014). | 2009 14%. L15912. Ruby garnet. New oak nose. Sweet entry: very immediate, shortish, new oak very apparent over the fruit. Some toffee/vanilla too at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others. | 2010 45,000 bottles. Botti and barrel. Nice sweet fruit, plump and modernist, mint and vanilla, well made (Anteprima 2015). | 2011 24 months in French toneaux, and botti. Again, a bit modern and extracted, simple (Anteprima 2016). | 2015 50,000 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Fanti–Tenuta San Filippo: There is another ‘Tenuta San Filippo’ in Montalcino which has its own entry. It appears that Fanti no longer use the ‘San Filippo’ name. | 2000 Soft modern style, new oak, not bad at (Anteprima 2005).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Selezione Vallochio: Vallochio is a Toponimo. 10ha. | 2010 Debut. 10,496 bottles. Nice sweet plump, bit anonymous but very appealing and modern and well crimped (Anteprima 2015). | 2015 15,000 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva: 2001 ‘Clichéd, devoid of any feeling. Overpolished, no terroir or varietal typicity,’ wrote Franco Ziliani (World of Fine Wine: 16/2007, p.18).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva Vigna Le Macchiarelle: Le Macchiarelle is a ‘toponimo’. | 2009 Debut under this label. 3,500 bottles. 500-litre tonneaux. Very different to the Vallocchio, more old style it seems (Anteprima 2015).
Sant’Antimo DOC Vin Santo: 2008 1,800 bottles.
Località Podere Palazzo, 14
Castelnuovo dell’Abate, I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.835795 | www.tenutafanti.it