2012 Rodáno Chianti Classico

SKU #1270742 93 points Wine Spectator

 There's purity to the cherry, strawberry and earth flavors in this juicy and well-structured red, with a firm mesh of tannins. Finishes long and savory. Built to age. Best from 2018 through 2025. (BS, Web-2016)

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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2016 | Send Email
Classic expression of Sangiovese : firm and structured, with nicely developed tannins well integrated with bright red fruit and cedar notes. It opens up with time in a glass and unveils savory and earthy details. It definitely over delivers for the price.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2016 | Send Email
Right off the nose this wine expresses its savory side and it continues in the immensely flavored palate. Flavors start off with juicy, mouthwatering dark fruit notes before the dry earth and tannins create the backbone of the wine. That savory note appears again near the end and continues onto the long finish. It is multifaceted, layered, and delicious. A steal at $14.99!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2016 | Send Email
Rodano has remained one of the best of the more traditional style Chianti Classico values in the market.For many years their wines were made by the great Tuscan winemaker Giulio Gambelli who passed in 2012, but Vittorio Pozzesi and son Enrico continue to produce the same quality Chianti. Their 2012 is one hundred percent Sangiovese and offers impressive fruit combined with firm acidity and fine tannins. The wine is at its best with an hour or two of aeration and served with your favorite Italian fare. Don't hesitate to cellar it for a couple of years as it's certain to improve in the bottle.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2016 | Send Email
The wine is full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, plum, spicy blackberry, and cassis with coco powder that coat the palate with a little Tuscan dust on the finish of this Medium-body wine that is showing softer acidity and very little tannins. Think Moms best lasagna recipe or better yet, a good friend and some pecorino.

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan