Perfectly situated in the famous hills of Castelnuovo Berardenga, arguably Chianti’s top commune, Fattoria di Valiano has a distinct advantage over just about every other winery in the Chianti Classico area.
They’re situated in the southern part of the province of Siena on an estate that dates back more than 2,000 years. Even better, the vineyards are all between 350-400 meters above sea level with southwest exposure, giving them the perfect setup to make age-worthy, memorable Sangiovese.
In what was a hot and consistent 2019 vintage in Tuscany, Valiano turned out one of the best Chianti Classicos of the year, a sleek, energetic Sangiovese that hits with red and black fruits and some notes of dark chocolate with a silky smooth finish.
It’s safe to say, like most CC producers, Valiano is having their day. The high altitude hills of galestro and limestone soils may have made for austere and unforgiving wines twenty years ago, but with the new normal in Tuscany of super dry and hot summers, these wines now show better than ever before. This is arguably the best one made since the Piccini family took over in 1995!
92 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Cedar, mature black-skinned fruit and pipe tobacco aromas mingle together in the glass along with a whiff of iris. Smooth and savory, the palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, licorice and hints of espresso framed in polished, fine-grained tannins.
91 Points, James Suckling
A fresh, juicy red with aromas of mushrooms, cranberries, sour cherries and dried tobacco. Firm, fine tannins and crunchy acidity. From organically grown grapes. Delicious now.
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