Val delle Corti
We went searching high and higher for a Chianti with extreme 'bevibilità' (drinkability), plus laser-detailed fruit and minerals. After consulting Google maps and topography maps, and getting lost in the twists and turns, we ended up near Radda, where Roberto Bianchi farms his vineyard facing Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte. You might think that having an opposite exposure to that famous vineyard would be a disadvantage; it’s quite the contrary when you factor in global warming. Roberto's father was ridiculed and thrown out of the DOCG a generation ago for his lightly-colored, acidic Sangiovese. How the tides have turned. Roberto’s vineyards are full of flowers by day and fireflies by night. A large hill in the background gives shade to the too-hot sun of recent years, and the 550m/1800ft elevation brings an exhilarating tweak to the well-known elegance of Radda. Seven hectares, compost, native yeasts, certified organic, Slow Wine Snail Award, Espresso Award, all the other awards.