When it comes to Italian wine regions, one that’s undoubtedly familiar to many is Chianti. It’s part of Tuscany, and is further divided into seven subregions. Chianti Classico is the largest and probably most well-known, however Chianti Rufina, although the smallest of the seven, produces wines that are equally regarded. Chiantis can range from fruity, slightly brambly, ready-to-drink wines, to ones that are intense, tannic, and age worthy.
Selvapiana is a 150-year-old family winery in Rufina that ranks as one of Chianti’s best producers. They make four, a regular Chianti Rufina and three Chianti Rufina Riservas. The “Bucerchiale” is from a single vineyard, and made with 100 percent sangiovese.
Medium-dark ruby in color, the Selvapiana nose is filled with perfumed dried cherries and berries, with just a touch of toasted almond aroma. The flavors of dried ripe cherry, pomegranate, and toast are initially intense, smoothing out to a lovely textured fine-grained, lightly tannic finish. This is still considered a young wine and can benefit from a year or two more in the bottle, yet is hard to resist now with some decanting. It pairs marvelously with veal parmigiana, penne with sausage and peppers, or almost any other Italian dish. At Wine Exchange, and Best Wines Online, for about $30.