Andrew Guard

2016 Chianti Classico 'Viacosta' DOCG, Fattoria Rodano

100% Sangiovese from the famed Viacosta vineyard - organically grown grapes, hand tended vines, hand harvested, fermented with natural yeasts and aged in large neutral botte grande (foudre)

This is another superb wine; though this is exclusively from their Viacosta parcel; it is overall more concentrated than the wine above. From an exceptionally good vintage it today it drinks really beautifully, imparting elegant cherry and plum fruit and very attractive savory notes of tobacco and spice that complement and add more dimension on the finish. It is a superb, complex Chianti that will improve for many, many years. A beauty

Enrico Pozzesi sources this sangiovese from Viacosta, a south-facing amphitheater-shaped vineyard in Castellina in Chianti. The wine rested for three years in large oak casks, developing notes of tobacco, cured meat and black pepper that layer over its dark cherry and black currant fruit. With its powerful tannins, this will appeal to Brunello lovers 93/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine

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!