Italian Wine Gems That Should Be Better Known
Chianti Classico is the best known district of the large Chianti zone, there are other sub-districts that are home to several renowned producers. Directly east and slightly north of the city of Florence, Chianti Rufina (pronounced ru-fee-na) is home to some of the highest vineyards plantings in all of Chianti, and one of the premier producers from here is Fattoria Selvapiana. Proprietor Francesco Giuntini Antinori first produced this wine from the 1979 vintage, and makes it only in the best vintages. 100% Sangiovese, matured in French barriques, the wine displays appealing cherry, orange zest and rosemary aromas and is medium-full on the palate, which is typical of the 2018 vintage in this area. The wood notes are subdued and the tannins are round; this is a highly complex, flavorful Chianti Rufina with great charm and style. Enjoy it tonight or over the next 5-8 years.