Grignano, Chianti Rufina DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) 2018

($24, Montcalm Wine Importers):  Consumers sometimes forget there are sub-zones other than Chianti Classico in the greater Chianti area that spreads between Florence and Siena.  The Chianti Rufina area, just to the northeast of Florence, is home to some wonderful wines, including this one from Grignano.  Ripe, yet energetic, this 2018 delivers dark bitter cherry-like fruitiness married with herbal and earthy elements.  Polished tannins and its balance make it a delight to drink tonight.  This perky wine delivers far more than the price suggests.
93 Michael Apstein Apr 6, 2021