Andrew Guard

2011 Mon Nene IGT, Fattoria Rodano

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - The Rodano estate has grown Cabernet since the 1970’s. The stony and chalky Chianti Classico soil is perfect for Cabernet-based wines – these characteristics provide the wine with the elegance of Bordeaux, but somewhat fuller in body. This 2011 is intense, concentrated and deep ruby-colored showing very complex aromas of dark fruit. It is rich and dense in the mouth, yet harmonious, with sweet, balanced tannins. It’s tremendous depth and structure ensures great longevity.

Rodáno has belonged to the Pozzesi family since that time. Vittorio Pozzesi had been in charge of the estate since they first began to bottle wine on their own in 1967 but now his son, Enrico, handles the management and winemaking. One of the reasons for the fantastic quality here is that the domaine’s former winemaker was Guilio Gambelli, who passed away in 2012. Gambelli was one of the most legendary winemakers in Chianti, consulting for such estates as Montevertine and Gianfranco Soldera. Enrico worked at his side for many years and Rodáno is one of the best-kept secrets in all of Tuscany...

Rodáno farm organically, ferment with natural yeasts, and tend towards minimal intervention in the making of the wine. These are seriously wonderful, traditional Chianti brimming with succulent, earthy red cherries and gentle hints of tobacco. Medium-bodied and refreshing with glorious fruit on the palate and fine structure. A great discovery!