Our Score: 91
The sub-region of Chianti Rufina, north of Florence, gives Sangiovese brightness and a unique elegance.
In their organic vineyards you will find in rotation legumes and other vegetables to increase the ability of the soil to properly nourish the vines.
Cedro is ruby and starts with very typical scent of violets, followed by wild strawberries and raspberries. Light sweet spices, wet calcareous sandstone, iron and wet cut grass integrate well with the prevalent fruity note. At the palate it is smooth, with elegant tannins never overwhelming and a bright acidity in the back.
Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo
Pairing: I like Chianti Rufina with pizza, but pasta with red meat sauce or a roasted chicken with vegetables are also great everyday pairings.
Appellation: Chianti Rufina DOCG, Italy
The Rufina DOCG sub-zone is at the northernmost part of the denomination Chianti DOCG, mainly north-east of Florence, close to Montefiesole. The soil and the micro-climate make this Chianti particularly smooth and elegant.