Source: Dallas Morning News
June 4, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy
Please note that this is not a Chianti made by the Ruffino winery, but a wine from the Chianti region of Rufina. The famous wine region of Chianti is divided into eight sub-regions, including the best-known Classico region. According to the Chianti Rufina Consortium, Rufina is the smallest of the sub-regions. Its vineyards are at a higher elevation than the other sub-regions, so it’s cooler, with a longer growing season. That means that the sangiovese and canaiolo grapes have more time to ripen and develop more complex flavors and more acidity, which gives the wine liveliness and aging potential.
One of the best wineries in Rufina is Selvapiana, with a history of 181 years and five generations of experience in the region. This wine is made primarily of sangiovese with a smidgen of canaiolo. It has an abundance of bright cherry and raspberry fruit with notes of licorice and tobacco, animated by decisive acidity and finishing with dusty tannins. Enjoy it with a vegetable lasagna or platter of salumi.