- Kelsey Hawes
These three are more than just candle holders.
2015 Bibbiano Chianti Classico, $21
A Sangiovese-dominant blend (typically with less than five percent of the Colorino grape), dark plum and berry liqueur aromas dominate the nose along with a hint of black licorice. A beautifully balanced wine with a smooth palate, it combines creamy chocolate cherry and berry flavors. The velvety finish lingers on the palate.
2011 Poggio Gualtieri Grignano Chianti Rufina Riserva, $18.99
After Classico, Rufina is arguably the most prestigious of the Chianti sub-regions. Red fruit aromas pour from the glass of this Riserva, backed by cedar, vanilla and spice. A dollop of Merlot (10 percent) adds a silky texture to this earthy wine that's filled with spicy, dark fruit flavors. It finishes with a touch of tart cherry.
2015 Villa di Geggiano Bandinello, $21
Though the Bandinello family's winery is in the Classico region, this wine can't be labeled Chianti because it's a blend with just 60 percent Sangiovese. Still, it's a delicious, fruit-forward wine with ripe cherry and chocolate aromas and a subtle earthiness. The flavors are fresh and lively, with sweet cherry and berry fruit balanced by a hit of acidity on the finish.