Wine — October 5, 2011 12:15 pm

Chianti Classico Rufina Riserva

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The most famous wine from the estate is the Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG. This is the definition of the appellation, a classic Chianti Rufina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. In accordance with the DOCG regulations, it is aged 24 months in barrel plus another 3 months in the bottle.

In the glass, this wine has an impressive brilliance in its deep, purple-edged ruby red color. On the nose, solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows warmth and roundness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine’s overall harmony.

Fantastic with grilled meats, stews and aged cheeses

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