Rufina is the smallest appellation in Chianti, extending across 750 hectares. This is 95% sangiovese, joined with tips of canaiolo, colorino, and malvasia nera from well-drained, dry and stony north and north-west facing vineyards. These 15-40 year old vines grow in medium density clay and limestone at 200-300m. Fermentation and maceration occurs in stainless over 25 days with native yeast, before aging in 25hL French casks for 12 months. Bright and lifted, with crushed cherry, red currant lit with a tart acidity, and seasoned with fragrant red florals and orange rind over a crushed stone base. Tannins are fine, long, and dry, streaming this lighter bodied red to a bitter edged, saline finish. Take now, with a slight chill, and tomato-sauced pasta, and be sure to give this time to open and expand in the glass.
Score: 91 points -- Treve Ring, gismondionwine.com, 2021