The Rufina zone in Chianti is the smallest but one of the most special, and Selvapiana are undoubtedly the top producers in the zone. Their Chianti Rufina is always decent, but the 2005 is a step up having had the Bucerchiale Riserva declassified in 2005 (not made) and blended instead into this wine. A very inviting nose leads into a palate of sweet cherry fruit with nice spicy notes and slightly dusty tannins. The acidity is, as usual, pretty high making this a food wine rather than a quaffer, and the finish is very good. Not as powerful as Selvapiana's more premium wines (especially the Fornace) but a lovely wine and great value.
SC RATING - Very Good (Mike)