2016 Rodano Chianti Classico Vigna Viacosta

Chianti, Italy

2020 is finally over and lets hope 2021 is the start of something better… much, much, much, much better… In the meantime, lets drink some good wine, like this beauty from Fattoria Rodano!

Rodano is located within the heart of Chianti Classico and the town of Castellina. The estate was purchased in 1958 by Carlo Pozzesi who farmed vineyards, wheat, and olive trees on the land. Carlo left the property to his children in 1968 and his son Vittorio (a mechanical engineer) took over operations. In 1986, after years of focusing on vine growing over other farming on the estate, Vittorio retired from his engineering career to focus solely on organic farming at the Rodano estate. His knowledge and involvement in the wine industry progressed and in 1994 he became the chairperson of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, a position he held for over 10 years.

The Viacosta vineyard, a naturally amphitheatre-shaped south facing vineyard planted to Sangiovese, is harvested by hand and wine fermentations are carried out in neutral concrete vessels with native yeasts with subsequent aging in oak barrels for at least 2 years. The 2016 vintage had fantastic growing conditions in Chianti, and the 2016 Viacosta shows this with expressive notes of dark cherry and black currant with graphite, tobacco, licorice, and spicy clove flavours. The wine is deep and has loads of character with muscular tannins and structure that promises a long life ahead of it.

You can try this wine with the usual Chianti pairing of anything tomato related, but this wine will really shine with rich and hearty dishes and easily has the structure to handle a steak and other grilled or braised meat dishes.