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Banfi Estate Whites

Fontanelle Toscana IGT

This 100% Chardonnay belongs to the Castello Banfi estate-bottled single vineyard range. Thanks to the microclimate of our Montalcino vineyards and to the aging in barrique, this aristocratic favorite is imbued with complexity.

Tech Info
Alcohol :14.5% Vol*
Total Acidity :6.3 g/l*
Residual Sugar:2.0 g/l*
*Technical Data May Vary With Vintage
Size(s):750ml 0 80516 05004 1
Pack(s):750ml 6pk
Soil and Origin
Soil:Calcareous and well-drained.
Origin:Montalcino, Southern Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes
Bouquet:Intense fruit forward aromas with spicy notes of vanilla.
Taste:Smooth structure, with a pleasant acidity,
both upfront and lasting well into the finish.
Soft and dry taste with hints of apple, peach and apricot surrounded by light vanilla.
Food Pairing:Perfect with white meats, grilled fish, and pasta.
Whole grape bunches are chilled to 47-50˚F prior to pressing and destemming. The free-run juice is separated and clarified over 48 hours by cold sedimentation, and only the clear must is inoculated with yeast for the alcoholic fermentation and racked into barriques. The wine is aged on the lees in barriques for 7 months, with weekly stirring. It is then bottled and aged for an additional 8 to 10 months.


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90 pts
2020 Castello Banfi Fontanelle Chardonnay IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 Castello Banfi Fontanelle Chardonnay IGT

The nose has a crackly, unusual sweetness, with notes of buttery popcorn, marzipan, hazelnuts and candied lemon peel. The butteriness gives the palate a creamy mouthfeel, but sour, astringent undertones of citrus keep the sweeter flavors from languishing.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
92 pts
2019 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2019 Fontanelle Chardonnay

A solid chardonnay with sliced cooked apple, vanilla and crushed stone. Full and flavorful. Layered, with tension and focus. Attractive new-wood undertones throughout, adding to the complexity without being overpowering. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
91 pts
2017 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2017 Fontanelle Chardonnay

This is a delightful Tuscan chardonnay with just the right combination of freshness and concentration on the nose – all the more impressive, given it’s from the difficult 2017 vintage. Freshly picked daffodils, apricots, peach pit, fresh mangoes and a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and very oily on the palate, but the medium acidity does well to keep this taut and on topic.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
92 pts
2016 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2016 Fontanelle Chardonnay

Plenty of sliced apple and honey character with hints of minerals. Medium to full body with fruit and honey. Crisp finish. Drink now.

Date posted: March 23, 2018
93 pts
2015 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2015 Fontanelle Chardonnay

An oily chardonnay with lots of density and intensity. Shows focus and beauty. Full and flavorful. Dried lemon and apple character. Full Burgundy treatment here; Tuscan style. Drink now.

Date posted: September 15, 2016
90 pts
2012 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2012 Fontanelle Chardonnay

A pretty, lightly wooded Chardonnay with minerals and a dried apple and peach character. Medium-to-full body with crisp acidity and a clean finish. Perfect beach wine. Drink now. – James Suckling (7/2013)

Date posted: November 18, 2013
90 pts
2011 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2011 Fontanelle Chardonnay

Castello Banfi in Tuscany does a great job with Chardonnay, as evidenced by this wine. It’s rich and soft, with bright aromas of peach, citrus, vanilla and savory herb. A pinch of acidity on the finish works beautifully as well. – M.L. (10/1/2012)

Date posted: March 8, 2013