Single Barrel Revelation:
2015 Rodáno Chianti Classico Bottesola No. 46

Posted by Ian McFadden

We've been tasting Rodáno's Chianti for close to 15 years and nothing prepared us for the "Bottesola No. 46."

Rodáno is a long established address for serious traditional Chianti. For years, none other than Guilio Gambelli was the winemaker. Gambelli consulted for places like Soldera and Montevertine and had an unparalleled skill when it came to crafting nuanced and classical expressions of Sangiovese.

In 2015, two separate barrels stood out to Rodáno's current winemaker, Enrico Pozzesi, and they were bottled separately. The number 46 is the more delicate of the two single barrel bottlings.

Rodáno's Bottesola No. 46 totally wowed us with its deep savory complexity matched with uplifting verve.

We really love how the wine's impressive range, which runs the gamut from red fruits, to spice, to forest floor and incense, melds seamlessly to a blanketing presence of ripe tannins. The combination of power, harmony, and the wine's multifaceted personality promises that this will age amazingly well for a decade or more.

For us, the past few years have felt like a rediscovery of Sangiovese's inherent nobility. Producers like Montevertine and Castell'in Villa have led the charge, but there have been many other eye-opening bottles.

The Bottesola No. 46 is simply a revelation. I strongly suggest that you pick up a 6-pack, so that you can taste one bottle and leave the other three to age. At some point down the road, you'll be happy that you did.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine

Crush Wine & Spirits