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.
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.
Selvapiana was included in the piece on Wine Enthusiast “Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018” featuring the 2013 Chianti Rufina Riserva “Bucerchiale” DOCG, reviewed last July and placed #43 with its 94 points. Following the full and original review: This opens with enticing scents of blue flower, ripe dark-skinned berry, new leather, vanilla and sandalwood. Elegant and full-bodied, the palate delivers crushed raspberry, wild cherry, truffle and chopped herb, while intense licorice notes linger on the long finish. Fine-grained tannins and bright acidity provide impeccable balance. Drink through 2025. Link for the full piece on Wine Enthusiast: https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/selvapiana-2013-vigneto-bucerchiale-riserva-chianti-rufina/
In July the Consorzio del Chianti Rufina met to launch its own zoning. The article by Aldo Fiorelli for Civiltà del Bere: http://www.civiltadelbere.com/rivoluzione-rufina-una-zonazione-indipendente/
Fattoria di Selvapiana is proud to have received from Slow Wine 2019 the following awards: CHIOCCIOLA This symbol is assigned to a winery for its way to interpret values (organoleptic, territorial and environmental) in tune with Slow Food. The assignment of this symbol implies the absence of chemical pesticides in the vineyards. The Chiocciola wines also represent a good value for money, considering when and where they have been produced. VINO SLOW – Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale Ris. 2015 This bottle not only is of an excellent organoleptic quality, but it also condenses in the glass features tied to territory, history and environment. The assignment of this symbol implies the absence of chemical pesticides in the vineyards. The Vino Slow bottles also represent a good value for money, considering when and where they have been produced.