Wines from this ancient property made from estate grapes get the label Badia a Coltibuono; wines produced from grapes derived from vineyards on long-term contracts are called simply Coltibuono. So, the Coltibuono Selezione “RS” Chianti Classico 2015 was fashioned from vineyards outside the Badia a Coltibuono estate in Tuscany, hence a “selection.” “RS” stands for Roberto Stucchi-Prinetti, the seventh generation of his family to run the estate since it was acquired in 1864. The Coltibuono Selezione “RS” Chianti Classico 2015 was made completely from sangiovese grapes that aged a few months in neutral oak vats. The color is the classic medium ruby-garnet that we love about sangiovese; notes of dried cherries and currants are permeated by hints of cloves and allspice and a bit of dried orange rind. The wine is quite dry, animated by dark, lively acidity and flavors of red and black cherries and a touch of black tea; slightly grainy tannins provide the ballast of structure. 13.5 percent alcohol. You couldn’t ask for much more in terms of a wine to drink with hearty pizzas and pasta preparations. Now through 2020. Very Good+. About $15, representing Good Value.

Imported by Dalla Terra Winery Direct, Napa, Calif. A sample for review.