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 since 2010. Vineyards are south and southeast facing and at an elevation of 450 meters, with predominately clay soils.
Winemaking: This is the first vintage of Malvasia Nera Francesco made.
Grapes are from the “Allegra” vineyard, located in the lower area of the estate. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement barrels for about 10 days, followed by 2 months on the lees. Aged 6 months in terracotta amphorae. Only 300 bottles made.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour, with aromas of bramble, black cherry, violet, rose petal, earth, cedar, sweet cinnamon and black pepper. Black tea tannins fuse with silky layers of black cherry, black currant, blackberry, dark chocolate, truffle and fresh acidity. Roasted chestnut, wisp of cedar, pomegranate, black cherry and peppery spice saturate the velvety finish. Opulent, powerful yet genteel.
100% Malvasia Nera
Rosso Toscano IGT
Estate Bottled by Vallone di Cecione
€20 [average price, purchased in Italy]