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A Canaiolo Rich Wine From Fattoria Fibbiano


Etrurian Tomb, Image from Fattoria Fibbiano

Etrurian Tomb, Image from Fattoria Fibbiano

The Fattoria Fibbiano farmhouse was built in 1707 but only recently purchased and renovated.  Underneath the land are old Etrurian caves and tombs which have been incorporated into the winery.  The winery is part of an agritourism business where it is possible to book an apartment or eat at the restaurant.  I was curious to try the wine because it contains 50% Canaiolo and 50% Sangiovese sourced from the Pisa Hills.  Canaiolo was prized for its resistance to rot and in the 18th century was used in larger proportions than Sangiovese.  Today Canaiolo typically plays a small supporting role to Sangiovese.  The Canaiolo vines do not graft well to American rootstock so it fell out of favor post-phylloxera.  My first experience drinking a wine from Fattoria Fibbiano was a positive one.  I rather enjoyed the blueberry and spice aromas and flavors of this wine.  It needs a few years of ago for integration but I think it will be worth it.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2008 Fattoria Fibbiano, L’Aspetto, Tuscany – $26
Imported by Mondo Vino.  This wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Canaiolo sourced from mainly clay soils rich in marine shells.  The fruit was harvested in early October, fermented with indigenous yeasts then underwent malolactic fermentation and 12 months of aging in French oak barriques.  This is followed by six months of aging in tank.  Alcohol 14%.  The light+ nose revealed creamy blueberries and spice.  In the mouth the blueberry flavors continue and become rounder.  There are fine+ drying tannins in the structure which stands out a bit in the finish.  There is a little woodsy note.  The wine becomes savory with air.  **(*) 2016-2020.

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