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 has been organic [certified] and biodynamic since 2010. Vineyards are south and southeast facing and at an elevation of 450 meters, with predominately clay soils.
Winemaking: The best selection of Sangiovese grapes, from vines planted in an area that Francesco’s’ grandfather, Giovanni, had as a garden for barley used to feed the animals. Francesco was inspired by this field to craft a wine that reminds him of his grandfather, of “those who preceded me and the good times of my childhood in Cecione”.
Fermented with indigenous yeasts, vinified in cement tanks with a very long maceration on the skins, aged in large oak barrels for about 1 year. The label is a picture of Francesco and his grandfather in the early 1980’s.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with aromas of strawberry, wild berries, Tuscan underbrush, black pepper, licorice. Red currant, cherry, pomegranate, violet, leather, white pepper, earth and a wisp of smoke are framed by fresh acidity and supple tannins. Licorice and red berries infuse the peppery finish. Contemplative, genteel.
Estate Bottled by Vallone di Cecione di Francesco Anichini