FATTORIA DI RODÀNO, Castellina in Chianti
The Rodano fattoria (farm), only reachable by a unsealed road off the Via Chiantigiana, was for centuries, a staging post for pilgrims travelling south to Rome. It sits atop a high hill and surveys a classically Tuscan landscape of rolling vine-striped hills and valleys, including the amphitheatre of the Viacosta vineyard that provides fruit for its single-vineyard bottling.
Thankfully, the Pozzesi family seem to understand that there is a market for Chianti which reflects a sense of place and tradition and have made their ‘classico’ from 90% Sangiovese and 5% each of Colorino and Canaiolo, grown in southwest-facing vineyards
in the Castellina sub zone. Oak aging is done in large Slovenian botti di rovere which impart little more than a seasoning, allowing the purity of the fruit and balanced structure to shine on their own merits.
“ Medium ruby garnet in colour with a garnet rim. Pure, ripe, soft forest fruits, dark cherry and liqueur chocolate on the nose with a hint of woodsmoke.
The palate is dry, medium-bodied with crisp, mouthwatering acidity and rounded tannins and some slightly grainy wood tannins. The ripeness of the fruit evident on the nose is repeated on the palate. After tasting many thin, mean, or worse, over-extracted Chianti Classico, it was great to taste a wine with ripeness and and a crunchy acid and tannic freshness in lovely harmony”
Claire O’Boyle, tasted during a visit to the estate