In the November/December 2016 issue, we hear from sommeliers who are going to bat for Merlot, which has long been maligned in the wine world. But Merlot isn’t alone. While few wines suffer the stigma of Merlot, many are frequently overlooked or simply not known at all. We asked wine experts around the country to weigh in on the wines they think deserve more attention. Here are their picks.
Forget the famous fava bean reference and listen to what RPM Steak sommelier Richard Hanauer says about Chianti. “The stringent quality-driven laws that were imposed on the vines in the late ’80s and ’90s are finally catching up in terms of vine maturity,” he says. “The result is that Chianti is returning to its former place among the world’s greatest wines.” He suggests paying special attention to sub regions like Classico, Rufina, and especially Riservas for good value. His top pick is the 2013 (or 2010) La Ragnaie Chianti Colli Senesi ($22, 67wine.com).