So this first question to address might be, what is Chianti Rufina?
Chianti Rufina is a small sub-zone in the northeast part of the greater Chianti district, and is a area that has always been associated with Florence. I was fortunate enough to visit this area about 8 years ago courtesy of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and their Nipozzano estate. I remember two distinguishing things about the area - first, it was quite small, and second, was very hilly - being tucked into the foothills of the Apennines and all. The vineyards are basically tucked into the twisting hills outside the limits of Florence by about 30 minutes. The other thing about this area is that there is a fairly short list of wineries. Once you go beyond Selvapiana and Nipozzano, there are literally only a handful of other producers. Nonetheless, the region makes outstanding fan-favorite wines, that showcase beautiful fruit and great style.
The 2015, Selvapiana Chianti Rufina DOCG, is fruity on the nose with that distinct Chianti wood and bright cherry flavors wrapped around a slight iron and wet stone under-tone. This wine is very youthful, with almost juicy, vibrant acids on the palate. Looks like it is nearly 100% Sangiovese, with just a small amount of Canaiolo Colorino and Malvasia Nera added in for complexity and perhaps some freshness. The wine continues through the palate with a dry feel, very soft and easy tannins, and quite easy to drink. It's complex without being tired, as so many wines from Chianti can suffer from. Everything is a little tart - cherries, plums, cranberry - with a touch of alcohol creeping (label indicate 13.5%), but overall finishes a bit dry and very fresh.
I like wines like this as they go with food very well - try this with a pizza or some pasta, or even a piece of salmon.
Fattoria Selvapiana's website has loads of information, and lots of pretty pictures. This is a serious estate though and it is a region that should get a lot more attention - its just there are not a lot of producers here.
Stephen Brook at Decanter posted an article a while back about the area - quick easy read.
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