Time Flies: Celebrating New & Old Wines at Fattoria Selvapiana One hundred years passed between the Giuntini family’s last two purchases of land for vineyards, 1897 and 1997. So, the 19-year wait to produce the first single vineyard wine, Vigneto Erchi, from that new plot was relatively quick. (The family planted the vineyard in 1999.) In the same year that Fattoria Selvapiana welcomed this new wine to its stable, the winery also celebrated the 300th harvest since Pomino’s first quality decree, or bando, by Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici in 1716. The duke defined this area to protect the quality of wines being shipped to England (in place of French claret during the various wars of those days) for increasingly higher prices and volumes. Time flies, and life is too short to drink bad wine. With any of the Selvapiana wines, you won’t waste a sip! 92 Fattoria Selvapiana 2016 Vigneto Erchi Chianti Rùfina DOCG 14% $50 The south-facing Erchi vineyard is planted with massal selection Sangiovese from the Bucerchiale vineyard. There is a fascinating, stern elegance in the Vigneto Erchi. The nose is tight and reserved. (Give it a hearty decanting.) The palate is similar though there is a pop of sweet cherry fleshiness in the mid-palate. The tannins are broad and grainy, and while their initial attack feels as though they may be relentlessly drying, the mid-palate plumpness diffuses them nicely. The concentrated, beautifully ripe fruit pivots into a lingering finish of dried mulch and exotic spice with a lightly leathery finish. Compelling now, this needs and deserves time. It has the structure and stuffing to age very well. Drink: 2023-30 94 Fattoria Selvapiana 2016 Vigneto Bucerchiale Chianti Rùfina DOCG Riserva 14.5% $35 This pure Sangiovese Riserva from Selvapiana’s best vineyard is made only in the best vintages. (See the 2014 and 2015.) It always impresses me that a wine with such pedigree can be so accessible at such an early age. This 2016 is raring to go with its enthralling aromas of roasted meat, briar fruits and mulch. The attack is smooth – almost lush for the Rùfina area – with ripe fruits. To back up this generously-bodied palate is Rùfina’s telltale chirpy acidity that creates a waterfall of refreshment on the back palate. Throughout, the lightly coarse and sticky tannins mold onto the palate to create a mouth-filling and dignified Sangiovese. The fruit is impressively powerful and forward – not surprising given the vintage, but the structure is unrelentingly harmonious. Drink: 2020-31 91 Fattoria Selvapiana 2015 Pomino Rosso DOC Villa Di Petrognano 14% $21 While Pomino is a very small denominazione today, so small that only two producers use the DOC, it once defined a much larger area, including Chianti Rùfina, Chianti Classico, Carmignano and Val d’Arno di Sopra. This wine’s dominant variety, Sangiovese (60%), is mostly noticeable in the orange-tinged, ruby color and the floral, strawberry-perfumed attack. Then this Pomino Rosso’s Bordeaux contributors – equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – take over the palate flavors and feel. The mid-palate is full-bodied and supple thanks to the Merlot and the ripe nature of the 2015 vintage. The somewhat husky tannins hail from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The pleasantly earthy and minerally finish lingers with liveliness. There is good balance and integration here, and with the full-blast personality of the Bordeaux varieties, the wine could certainly stand to relax a bit in bottle. Still, it’s ready to be enjoyed if you like your wines young and vigorous. If you’re interested in putting away a few bottles to see how wines age, this should do nicely for the first half of this decade and even beyond, for a very modest sum! Drink: 2020-26 90 Fattoria Selvapiana 2018 Chianti Rùfina DOCG 13.5% $19 Chianti’s Rùfina sub-zone of is arguably the best of those outside the Classico area, and this label consistently shows why. Yet again, this is terrific value for the money, showing off Rùfina’s pretty and poised aromatics with Sangiovese’s tantalizing red fruit tones and light earthiness. This vintage’s aromas showcase rose petals, cigar wrapper and red currants. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly balanced between its pristine, energetic fruit, its lightly mouthcoating texture and elegant, talc-like tannins. There is zero evidence of oak use thanks to the employment of large, 25-30 hl French casks. This is the epitome of elegant, high altitude Chianti Rùfina. This vintage’s finish is lighter than the 2015 and 2016, suggesting that this is more of an early- to-mid-range wine. Drink: 2020-24 http://christycanterbury.com/publishedhere/2020/7/10/time-flies-celebrating-new-amp-old-wines-at-fattoria-selvapiana
On an afternoon in late June we finally had the pleasure of hosting 15 young future sommeliers accompanied by the delegate AIS (Italian Sommelier Association) Fabio Ceccarelli for an educational tasting, the first after these months of lockdown. Starting with the usual tour of the vineyards, after a particular stop in Bucerchiale, we visited the new winemaking cellar and then we immersed in the ancient cellars of Selvapiana dedicated to aging in large barrels and the conservation of historical vintages. Back in the tasting room we presented the traditional tasting route starting with Sangiovese based wines Chianti Rufina DOCG Selvapiana Vendemmia 2018, Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG Vigneto Bucerchiale 2016, Chianti Rufina DOCG Vigneto Erchi 2016 and then continue with Pomino Rosso DOC 2015 and Fornace IGT Toscana 2015, which adds the pleasantness of Cabernet and Merlot to Sangiovese. An excellent opportunity to understand the various variations of Sangiovese, spaced and safe but united by the passion for good wine.
Carlo Macchi wrote a beautiful article regarding the Chianti Rufina after the wine tasting and the Zoom live and he also published his reviews of the wines on Winesurf.it Following the article link: https://www.winesurf.it/chianti-rufina-ad-armi-pari-con-i-migliori-sangiovese/ and the reviews link: https://www.winesurf.it/it/guidavini/degustazioni/1125/chianti-rufina-2020-01-06-2020/ Carlo Macchi, inventore e curatore della guida fino al 2005, è oggi direttore di winesurf.it, portale online dedicato al mondo del vino e dell'enogastronomia più in generale. inventor and curator of the Vini buoni d'Italia guide until 2005, he is now director of winesurf.it, an online website dedicated to the world of wine and food .
Antonio Galloni reviewed on Vinous the following Selvapiana wines: 2016 Chianti Rufina Vigneto Erchi – 91 + punti 2016 Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale – 93 + punti 91+ pts Selvapiana 2016 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Erchi Chianti Rùfina, Tuscany Red wine from Italy Drinking window: 2023 - 2031 The 2016 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Erchi is powerful, earthy and savory. There is plenty of power and structure, but not a lot of fruit, while the tannins are searing. This is an especially severe style, even within the realm of Rùfina. Macerated red cherry, iron, dried herbs, chalk, mint and white pepper open up in the glass, but only with great reluctance. It will be interesting to see if the 2016 opens up with time. Today, it is quite unyielding. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: July 2019 From 2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark (Aug 2019) Selvapiana Grape/Blend Sangiovese Release price Not Available Cases Produced (12 bottles/case) 250 Release Date May 2019 Winery/Importer Contact Info selvapiana.it. 93+ pts Selvapiana 2016 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Bucerchiale Chianti Rùfina, Tuscany Red wine from Italy Drinking window: 2022 - 2036 The 2016 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Bucerchiale is a real standout. A wine of vertical explosiveness and energy, the 2016 Bucerchiale is deep, wonderfully defined and full of nuance. Macerated cherry, kirsch, sweet tobacco, licorice, menthol, chocolate and spice abound in this super-expressive, nuanced Chianti Rùfina. Expressive savory notes add the closing shades of nuance. This is a such a gorgeous and complete wine. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: July 2019 From 2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark (Aug 2019) Selvapiana Grape/Blend Sangiovese Release price Not Available Cases Produced (12 bottles/case) 3000 Release Date February 2020 Winery/Importer Contact Info selvapiana.it.
Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina 2017, Italy In May 2020 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2017 received online reviews both by Matthew Jukes on MatthewJukes.com and by Jane MacQuitty on The Times "I have written up the Bucerchiale, Vigneto Erchi and Vin Santo from this stellar estate in my MoneyWeek column over the years, but never this glorious estate wine which, again, I have to admit to drinking very regularly indeed at home. Coming from the finest winery in the Florentine environs this is one of the greatest value Chiantis of all time and, can you believe it, unlike almost all of the competition it always drinks well young. Joyous blackberry and spice fruit notes abound and there is a snap of freshness on the finish which reminds you that Rufina is a region blessed with altitude. This is sheer heaven in a glass and you can even chill it a tad when the temperature rises." Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek Wine Club – May 2020, MatthewJukes.com, 8th May 2020 "Delicious chianti with superb complexity and mouth-filling smoky, floral fruit, part rose, part violet." Jane MacQuitty, A perfect red wine for warm summer days, The Times, 9th May 2020
Wine Enthusiast ranked Selvapiana 2015 Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva Chianti Rufina as #12 on their list of Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2019 and rated it 96 points. The full review is below. Selvapiana 2015 Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva Chianti Rufina 96 POINTS Combining an irresistible pairing of earthy elegance and ageworthy structure, this fragrant, focused red boasts heady scents of smoke, wild berry, pipe tobacco, sunbaked earth and rose petal. The taut linear palate shows lovely tension, delivering juicy Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, baking spice and licorice framed in youthfully firm but refined tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance and energy. Drink 2022–2035.
Antonio Galloni recently published “Chianti Classico 2015 & 2016: Right Place, Right Time” which included the following Selvapiana reviews: 2016 Chianti Rufina – 92 points 2015 Bucerchiale – 91 + points 2014 Bucerchiale – 90 points Download PDF
In November 2018 Selvapiana received a prestigious 91 points from Wine Spectator for the wine Chianti Rufina DOCG 2016. Following the original review: “A focused style,with cherry and plum flavors accented by a smoky note. Juicy and balanced, leaving hints of earth and tobacco on the long finish.” http://www.dallaterra.com/ Wine Spectator Selvapiana 2016 Chianti Rufina
Selvapiana received the official certificate for being in "Vinibuoni d’Italia" guide, 2019 edition, with the following wines: Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale 2015; Chianti Rufina DOCG 2016.