5 Chiantis for Christmas

December 2020
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
Courest of the Wineries

Enjoy Italy’s favorite for a festive and flavorful holiday season

Quona Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014 - Rufina, Italy $28

A product of Rufina, the most famous sub-zone of the Chianti region, this luscious wine comes with a nose of deep cherry, spice and violet. The palate has more cherry, plus dried prune, espresso and fresh herb notes. Quona is full-bodied with 15% alcohol, more than enough to tame your roast lamb, seasoned beef or spicy pasta sauce. Made from organic grapes and rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Antinori Peppoli Chianti 2016 - Chianti, Italy $25

Antinori, a world leader in Italian wines, makes Peppoli, a popularly-priced Classico with a ruby red color and heady aromas of red currants and violet. The flavor profile is dark plum, raspberries and crushed cherries, with a medium body and ripe tannins. Lots of dry fruit notes throughout make this Chianti food friendly, especially with most pasta dishes, grilled veggies and soft herb cheeses.

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2015 - Chianti, Italy $19

This this bold red has a garnet appearance, with aromas of cherry and blackberries, followed by hints of spice and tar. Intense palate, layers of black fruit, dried herbs and dark violet fill the mouth. This choice features good structure, balanced tannins and a luscious, lingering finish. Try it with meat and game dishes, eggplant parmesan or your favorite pasta. 14% alcohol. 

Natale Verga Chianti Classico Riserva 2018 - Chianti, Italy $15

A good value wine that drinks like a $35 bottle. A deep plum color, it’s integrated with aromas of tart cherries, earth and a hint of cedar spice. It features a firm palate of dark cherry, fig and oak, with a bit of pepper and coffee on the finish. Bright acidity and nice tannins make it easy to pair with lasagna, pasta, ragout or braised veal shank.  

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti 2014 - Chianti, Italy $37

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, plus Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which qualifies it as a Super Tuscan. The aroma is cherry, plum and violet, with good structure and a fruity core offering hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Firm tannins grip the lengthy finish. It will complement pasta Bolognese, eggplant parmesan or grilled veggies. Note: Ducale is made only in the best vintages and will cellar for several years