Estate: Francesco Anichini’s family has been farming and living on the same land for centuries. Sharecroppers; it wasn’t until 1985 that the family came to own the land directly. Tucked into the rolling hills and valleys of Panzano, in the heart of Chianti Classico, the estate is one of the most stunningly beautiful pieces of land I’ve seen.
The name Vallone di Cecione stems from a combination of the historical name of the field [Vallone] that descends from their house [which dates back to the 14th century] to the valley below, and Cecione, a small area in which there are two other farms. Today, Francesco Anichini proudly and passionately farms the 8 hectares of land; half is vineyard, the other half olive groves.
The estate has always been organic and natural, never once in its long history has a chemical ever been added to the soil. The estate was certified organic in 2010 and has been biodynamic for the past 7 years. Vineyards are south and southeast facing and at an elevation of 450 meters, with predominately clay soils.
For a closer look, check out my article: Francesco Anichini of Vallone di Cecione: A Man Rooted in his History and Land Just as his Vines.
Winemaking: Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in steel vats for about 20 days, with the following passage on its lees for about 3/4 of a month. Aged for 8 months in large chestnut barrels and at least 4 months in the bottle. The label is a photo of his parents from 1975. It captures the first harvest that plastic baskets were used.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour, very aromatic, with summer woods, black pepper, cranberry, black cherry, rose petal, Tuscan underbrush and a trace of anise. All the cherries [black, red and sour], blackberry, pomegranate, white pepper, rose petal and a trace of truffle are framed by wooly tannins and fresh acidity. Cranberry, black cherry, summer woods and a wisp of campfire smoke linger on the plush finish. Engaging, velvety, genteel; always one of my favourite Chianti Classico.
90% Sangiovese, 10% Caniolo
Chianti Classico DOCG
Produced & Bottled by Vallone di Cecione di Francesco Anichini