Fattoria Selvapiana, Chianti Rùfina Riserva DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) Vigneto Bucerchiale 2015

($48, Dalla Terra Winery Direct):  Chianti Rùfina, along with Chianti Classico, is the best subzone of the greater Chianti denomination.  Selvapiana is one of Rùfina’s top producers and Vigneto Bucerchiale is their top wine.  So, this wine is a “no-brainer,” especially since it has seven years under its belt and has just hit its drinkable window.  It delivers power, but not excessively, along with an alluring herbal or earthy component, and great vibrancy.  Long and layered, it shows how substantial and elegant wines from Rùfina can be.  (The 2018 Bucerchiale is, perhaps, fractionally better, but needs bottle age.)
94 Michael Apstein Oct 11, 2022