Andrew Guard

2015 Chianti Classico DOCG, Fattoria Rodano

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90% Sangiovese 10% Canaiolo & Colorino - Gloriously bright vibrant cherry-red in the glass. On the nose, classically seductive Sangiovese aromas of fresh red cherries and sweet tobacco with a very pretty lingering floral perfume. In the mouth it is gorgeous; vibrant, fresh and bright with a fine balance and admirable concentration. The finish is elegant and lingering with gentle sweetness and grip. An impeccably balanced wine that will keep in the cellar. This is a real bargain for the quality!

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!