Grignano, Chianti Rufina (Tuscany, Italy) 2016

($24, Montcalm Wine Importers):  Though perhaps not as well-known as Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, another of the eight subzones of the great Chianti region, is home to wonderful wines, such as this one.  The focus of Grignano’s 2016 Rufina is on a combination of earthy and fruity notes.  Fruity, and bright it nonetheless has an engaging savory character and a charming rusticity.  Grignano has avoided the trap of trying to make this mid-weight wine into something “important.”  Instead, its energetic charms shine.  Try now with any cool weather pasta dish that graces your table.
93 Michael Apstein Oct 22, 2019