Rodano Road

~ This dirt road leads to the vineyard which provides fruit for Rodano’s Chianti Classico ~

Fattoria Rodano is located in the heart of Castellina in Chianti.  Since the 16th Century the estate has been in the hands of the Pozzesi family; a miraculous feat unto itself.  Today the property is managed by Enrico Pozzesi who assumed the day to day responsibilities from his father. Despite the age of the estate, the family have only been bottling their own wine since 1967.   Rodano is certified organic and farms just over 100 hectares of vines.

Rodano Enrico

~ Enrico Pozzesi operates the property today ~

Although most consider Fattoria Rodano to be a traditional producer, my sense is that they are more of a hybrid.  While their practices may be considered classic, the resulting wine is rather modern in style.  The estate relies solely on Slavonian Botte for their Chianti Classico aging and similarly, only indigenous grapes are used in the blend.  I recently checked in on the estate’s most recent Classico release which stands in contrast to its neighbors 2017.

The 2017 Fattoria Rodano Chianti Classico is a lovely deep violet color.  A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino and Canaiolo, the wine is aged for 15 months in Slavonian botte prior to bottle aging.

I did not decant the wine, but had it opened and in the glass for about 40 minutes before tasting.  On the nose, the wine’s aromas are easily coaxed from the glass.  Black cherry, leather and graphite are notable.  On the palate, this Classico is broadly shouldered and might benefit from a splash in a decanter.  The black cherry flavors, though somewhat monolithic, are joined by notes of toasted spices and fresh scrub herbs.  Moderately tannic, the fruit finishes slightly pruney and the balance feels a little “hot”.  You can sense the nature of the vintage reflected in this wine and it clocks in at 15.5% alcohol.  I wouldn’t cellar this vintage too long given it’s personality today.  Enjoy over the next 3-4 years.  87 points. About $16-$20  Find this wine.

Rodano Chianti Classico

~ The Fattoria Rodano 2017 shows the hot character of the vintage in the wine ~

Stay tuned for more new release reviews coming soon.

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