Great satisfaction among the producers of the DOCG Chianti Rufina for the consents received by critics in the season just passed and recently published by 2019 Wine Guides and from international industry magazines.
The interpretation of wines by producers is increasingly precise and linked to the search for the best results for each single cru, while maintaining the high quality of each company product.
The most interesting aspect of the critics' judgments of this season is constituted precisely by the appreciation of a slender and elegant style of wine, but also endowed with a good structure. This has caused the perplexity of those who expected, due to the pedoclimatic conditions of Rufina, a style characterized only by thinness and perhaps by hard and angular components in need of long aging to tame their grumpiness. Even if it is the climate change responsible for this factor, one should not be sorry to find wines with perfect balance and fruity aromas fresh and ripe, captivating and fragrant, of good substance on the palate, but articulate and slender , in short, elegant and drink agile and pleasant, and certainly never cloying.
So we find two maximum awards from the Gambero Rosso, the famous Tre Bicchieri, one for The Veroni with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona 2015 and one for Frescobaldi with IGT (which hopefully will soon return to Chianti Rufina DOCG) Montesodi 2015. Excellent results are also made up of numerous 2 Red Glasses achieved. For Castle of Trebbio, with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Paved 2014, difficult vintage, but that some have interpreted with excellent results. Then for the Mormoreto and the Pinot Noir Pomino, both 2015, of Frescobaldi. For the historic company Selvapiana with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2015. And yet for colognole with the Chianti Rufina Riserva of DON 2015, for Frascole with the Chianti Rufina Riserva 2015, for Villa Travignoli with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Tegolaia 2015, for Grignano with the Chianti Rufina 2015, and for the Tenuta Bossi of the Marquis Gondi with the Chianti Rufina San Giuliano 2016. Good evaluations also for all the other companies of the district with scores that attribute the Due Bicchieri to the numerous wines reviewed.
Daniele Cernilli, dean of enological criticism, publishes the Essential Guide of Italian Wines, where it rewards the 2015 Bucerchiale Selvapiana, with 94 points, same score attributed to Frescobaldi with the Mormoreto 2015 and the Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva 2015, and al Castle of Trebbio with the Crazy 2015. Also the Castello del Trebbio receives a beautiful 92 for the Vin Santo del Chianti. There Fattoria di Lavacchio gets 93 points with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Cedar 2016, as well as The Veroni with the Vin Santo del Chianti Eye of Partridge 2009.
The guide Slow Wine published by Slow Food and supported by FISAR, does not assign scores, if not for a few award-winning wines. The procedure consists, however, in reviewing the most significant companies for the Slow setting that underlies the philosophy of the movement. The review, therefore, is in itself a great recognition. For prizes assigns the Snail (the symbol assigned to a winery for the way in which it interprets the organoleptic, territorial and environmental values in tune with Slow Food) to Selvapiana and the qualification of Slow Wine (wine that in addition to being excellent, condensation in the glass characters related to the territory, history and environment) to the Chianti Rufina Reserve Bucerchiale 2015. There Snail it also goes to Frascole which gets the recognition of Slow Wine for the Chianti Rufina Riserva 2015. Then he attributes the preference Daily Wine (excellent bottle that costs less than 10 € in wine shop) to Chianti Rufina Cedro 2016 Inappropriate Lavacchio and to the Chianti Rufina 2015 del Podere Il Balzo, interesting news emerging in the Rufina house. The companies reviewed with excellent comments are: Colognole, Fattoria Lavacchio, Frescobaldi, I Veroni, Selvapiana, Fattoria Il Lago, Frascole, Villa Travignoli, Grignano, Marchesi Gondi Tenuta Bossi, Podere Il Balzo.
Rain of stars from the historic Guide Veronelli. They receive 3 stars with 90 points Fattoria di Lavacchio with the Chianti Rufina Ludié 2012 and with the Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011, then we find Frescobaldi with the Mormoreto and Chianti Rufina Riserva Vecchie Vigne both of 2015 classified with 92 points, as well as Pomino Benefizio 2016 and Montesodi 2015. Another rain of three stars that falls on the Tenuta Bossi Marchesi Gondi: at XMUMX Mazzaferrata there are 2012 points, 92 at Chianti Rufina Riserva 91 and at Ser Amerigo 2013 and 2012 points at Chianti Rufina Riserva Pian dei Sorbi 90 and at Vin Santo Cardinal de Retz 2015.
Sommelier associations AIS e FIS they publish two named guides Vitae e Bibenda respectively. Vitae's highest recognitions (4 VITI) go to the 2015 Montesodi of Frescobaldi and at the Chianti Rufina Reserve Bucerchiale 2015 of Selvapiana, while the Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona 2015 de The Veroni in addition to the 4 Screws of the AIS, it also collects the 5 bunches of Bibenda FIS.
The guide Wines of Italy of the TCI it only reviews wines from native vines and for this reason many IGT that use international grapes are excluded from the judgment. At the top of the ranking we find the Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2015 di Selvapiana which receives the prestigious Corona and 4 stars. The 4 stars also go to the Chianti Rufina 2016, also by Selvapiana et al Castle of Trebbio with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Paved 2014, a colognole with the Chianti Rufina Riserva of Don 2015, to Fattoria di Lavacchio with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Cedro 2015, and with the Vin Santo Rufina Riserva 2011, a The Veroni with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona 2015.
Il Golosario di Paolo Massobrio is slightly detached from the choir, choosing wines of remarkable personality and attributes the qualification of Top wine with Corona Rossa to Chianti Rufina Paved Reserve 2014 del Castle of Trebbio, at the Fontegalli 2013 of Lavacchio, with Pinot Noir 2015 of Frescobaldi, at the Chianti Rufina 2016 of Selvapiana and to the Chianti Rufina 2015 of Grignano.
Finally we find the first results of the tastings carried out by the main paper and online international magazines, not true absolute guides, but whose judgments are followed by international buyers who in turn are oriented by the availability of wines on their respective markets.
W, which recently declared the Sassicaia 2015 best wine in the world for the 2018, reviews with excellent marks both Frescobaldi that Selvapiana. Quote the XMUMX Mormoreto with 2015 points, with 92 the 91 Montesodi, with 2015 the Chianti Rufina Reserve Old 90 Screws, while for Selvapiana attributes 91 points to the Chianti Rufina 2016. Selvapiana then he buys excellent reviews with the Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2013 which ranks at 43 ° place among the best 100 wines of the year of Wine Enthusiast with 94 points and 47 ° in the Cellar Selection, then again 94 points from James Suckling, 93 points from Robert Parker with Wine Advocate and again 93 points from Vinous di Antonio Galloni.
In home Frescobaldi the 95 points of James Suckling at the Mormoreto 2015. Suckling then rewards the 93 Montesodi with 2015 points, with 94 points the Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva Vecchie Viti 2015, with 93 points the Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2015, and with 94 points the Pom Vin Santo 2009. Finally, James Suckling reviews the two wines with scores higher than 90 The Veroni Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona 2015 and Chianti Rufina I Domi 2016.
The German language criticism, that of Vinum by Christian Eder, which publishes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, concludes the list of the prestigious results of Rufina wines. In Chianti 2019 Guide we find the 17,5 Bucerchiale with 20 / 2015 and gold star Selvapiana, while with 17 / 20 and still gold star we have the passito Oro del Cedro di Lavacchio, the Chianti Rufina Reserve Villa Bossi 2013 of the Tenuta Bossi Marchesi Gondi, and with 16,5 points the Chianti Rufina I Domi 2016 de The Veroni, the Poggio Gualtieri 2013 of Grignano and the Ludié 2011 of Lavacchio, to finish with the 16 points of the Rufina Chianti Riserva Vigna Vecchia 2013 del Podere Il Pozzo, and Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014 Old Vines of Frescobaldi. The magazine Merum, finally, rewards the Chianti Rufina 2015 with two hearts colognole.
A tasting campaign centered above all on excellent vintages 2015 and 2016 and which has produced very satisfying and completely promising results for the production of the DOCG Chianti Rufina as a whole. As mentioned at the beginning the judgments indicate a greater awareness in the search for the stylistic personality of the wines and the imprint of the territory. The Rufina wine now has a perceptible softness that makes the sip pleasant and always well supported by the acidic vein with an appealing and pleasing fruit. The tannin is ripe and sweet and blends with the sour freshness rather than entering into conflict. All this, combined with the proverbial longevity of the wines of this territory, makes the production extremely interesting in the sector of high-quality collectible and investment wines.
For the future, they hope for the results just ended vintage 2018, which are among the best and most balanced of the last period, certainly in line with the last recent years of Rufina wine.