~ The sun setting over the valley from one of the high points near Radda ~

Founded in 1988 by Roberto Guldener, the estate covers 307 acres and sits in the heart of Chianti Classico between Vagliagli and Radda.  More recently, Guldener purchased land in Maremma and is now sourcing fruit from both areas of Tuscany in order to craft his vast array of wines.  Vittorio Fiore oversees the winemaking and the wines are better than ever.  I last visited the estate in 2014 and as the title of this article suggests; quality is high and consistently reliable. What’s more? The wines often provide value beyond their price point.

Campaccio remains a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet which spends 24 months in French barrique, 50% of which are new, and then bottle ages for an additional 12 months prior to release.  The grapes for the wine are sourced from the Chianti Classico estate and the 2015 is an amazing value.

~ This sign is just across the white road from the entrance to the winery offices and tasting room. You can see the vines spreading in the background and also the bucolic Tuscan white road ~

The 2015 Terrabianca Campaccio is a stylish wine that gets lost in the shuffle of more expensive super Tuscans, but it remains a solid value and an excellent rosso.  We took the wine to a local trattoria and so it was not decanted.  Initially the aromas were a but muted but with some swirlitude and air time, they blossomed nicely to reveal crushed cherry, red plum, Tuscan herb and soft wood tones.

On the palate, the wine is polished and elegant.  The tannins are present, but there are no rough edges.  Flavors of cherry, tobacco leaf and toasted baking spices are prominent.  Tactile sensations of smooth tannins, balanced acidity and a mouthwatering sensation make for a long, juicy finish.  Another wonderful wine from the 2015 vintage which is by now, no surprise.  In fact, it’s only a surprise when the opposite is true.  Considering this costs less than many Chianti Classico, an amazing value.  93 points.  About $21-$25.  Find this wine.

~ The consistency and reliability in this label are amazing. Further, this wine ages well which adds an additional component to the value ~


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