Fattoria Casabianca is an estate winery located in Tuscany that spans over 1500 acres. The property hosts beautiful vineyards along with well-appointed farmhouses that are available as vacation rentals. Fattoria Casabianca focuses on popular Italian varieties as well as lesser-known grapes from the region. The grapes are farmed organically and the wines are well-made and approachable.
I recently had the chance to taste through some of Fattoria Casabianca’s recent releases and really enjoyed the diversity of the wines. I don’t know how readily available they are in the US but I definitely recommend exploring the wines if you come across them. The wines seem to be available in Europe for under the equivalent of $20 (other than the 2008 Belsedere), so they definitely offer a great value!
2013 Fattoria Casabianca Roscato
A lovely Rosé of Sangiovese that features soft, refreshing notes of strawberries and red currants. Balanced acidity with a great mouthfeel. One of my favorite wines of the tasting! (13% alcohol)
2013 Fattoria Casabianca Cleo Toscana
This blend of 75% Vermentino and 25% Viognier offers bright citrus flavors along with notes of pear and jasmine. Crisp, vibrant, and really enjoyable! Paired incredibly well with a shrimp scampi recipe that we served alongside the wine. (13.5% alcohol)
2011 Fattoria Casabianca Loccareto Canaiolo
This was my first experience with 100% Colorino, a grape that is primarily used in blends. Tastes of raspberry and cassis are surrounded by nuances of oak and spice. Easy to drink and food-friendly. (14% alcohol)
2013 Fattoria Casabianca Colli Senesi Chianti
The 2013 vintage is made with 80% Sangiovese and a blend of 20% Cabernet, Canaiolo, and Colorino. The wine offers tastes of red cherry and cranberry along with notes of red currants and spice. Soft tannins and balanced acidity. A great wine to pair with hearty Italian pasta dishes! (14% alcohol)
2011 Fattoria Casabianca Colli Senesi Chianti Riserva
Colli Senesi Chianti Riserva is a harmonious blend 85% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Colorino. Cherry, blackberry, cranberry, and dark currants mingle with hints of vanilla and leather. Well-integrated tannins and a lengthy finish. This wine will likely improve with a bit more time in the bottle. (14.5% alcohol)
2008 Fattoria Casabianca Colli Senesi Chianti Riserva Belsedere
This 100% Sangiovese is the most well-structured wine of the lineup. Flavors of cherry, licorice, and leather are met with prominent tastes of oak and vanilla. A little too oaked for my palate but still a nicely made wine. Pair with meaty dishes. (14% alcohol)