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Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Vigneto Erchi Vineyard 2017

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 95 Points
Country:Italy
Regions:Tuscany
Chianti
Winery:Selvapiana
Grape Type:Sangiovese
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2017
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

In Selvapiana we have been looking for years for a new place to grow Sangiovese to enhance the
differences of this vine in the Rufina area.
In 1998 the Erchi farm was purchased, in the municipality of Pontassieve, in an area of ​​great viticultural value, of the
15 hectares, in 1999 6 hectares were planted with Sangiovese.
Impressed by the quality of Erchi's Sangiovese and above all by the diversity compared to Selvapiana,
we waited for the vineyard to ripen to bottle the first selection.


Review:

“Wow. What glorious aromas of pure fruit with black cherries and currants. Really floral, too. Orange peel and tangerines. Full-bodied with really focused, polished tannins that coat your mouth, yet remain fine and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. Drinkable now, but much better in 2023 when it will have softened and come together.” 

James Suckling: 95 Points

Winery: Selvapiana

Selvapiana was born in the Middle Ages as a watchtower and defense of the city of Florence to the north, along the valley of the river Sieve.

Transformed into a villa, during the Renaissance it was the summer residence of noble Florentine families and the bishops of Florence. It was purchased in 1826 by Michele Giuntini, a successful Florentine banker and ancestor of the current owner Francesco Giuntini, who led the company from 1957 to 1997. Having always understood the value of the Chianti Rufina area, with stubborn passion he has lavished great energy in its valorisation.

Francesco was among the first in Tuscany to produce wine from Sangiovese grapes alone and to link the company's flagship wine to a specific single vineyard: Bucerchiale. In 1979 he produced the first vintage of Chianti Rufina Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale. In 1978, he was the first to place his trust in Franco Bernabei, an internationally renowned wine consultant, realizing his great abilities.

Today the property is managed by Silvia and Federico, children of Franco Masseti, farmer in Selvapiana from 1953 to 1990. Silvia and Federico were adopted by Francesco in 1994 to give continuity to their work.

Selvapiana currently has an extension of about 250 hectares of which 58 hectares of vineyards, 36 hectares of olive groves and 140 of woods. The land owned is spread over three municipalities, Rufina, Pelago and Pontassieve.

The hills of Chianti Rufina are located on the slopes of the last foothills of the Apennines. The proximity to the latter profoundly influences the microclimate of the area with cooler summers and a significant difference in temperature between day and night. For this reason the grapes can ripen slowly and manage to achieve a good balance of all the aromatic components of the berry. The wines have good acidity, elegance, silky tannins and a long finish.

THE VINEYARDS.

Most of the vineyards are around the Villa which also has the function of the company centre. The vineyards bear the names of the old sharecropping farms: Vigneto Bucerchiale, Vigneto Fornace, Vigneto Casanova, Vigneto Pesalova, Vigneto Al Pino. Recently acquired are the San Martino vineyard in Quona-Erchi in the municipality of Pontassieve, the Cerlognole vineyard in the municipality of Rufina, the Pian dè Marroni vineyard also in the municipality of Rufina.

Selvapiana is a certified organic farm; initially, in 1990, only the Fornace vineyard was conducted according to the organic cultivation method to which all the vineyards and olive groves were added.

THE OLIVE GROVES.

Mainly planted with the Frantoio variety, there are about 9,000 olive trees that make up a fantastic heritage and are divided into four zones. Olive grove Podere San Giuseppe and Olive grove Rignella in the municipality of Pelago, Olive grove Casanova in the municipality of Rufina, Olive grove San Martino-Erchi in the municipality of Pontassieve.
The Casanova and Rignella olive groves were planted after the 1985 frost with a density of 550 trees per hectare.

THE CELLAR.

The new vinification cellar inaugurated with the 2005 harvest allows the grapes to be transformed with the utmost care and naturalness. The vinification takes place in steel tanks and partly in cement tanks recovered from the old cellar. Fermentation (which has taken place without the use of selected yeasts since 1992 and with much lower sulfur additions than in the past) and maceration last for at least 30 days. Aging in wood partly in the historic cellar in the basement of the Villa and partly in the new barrique cellar.

HISTORICAL VINTAGES.

Selvapiana preserves all the vintages of Riserva and Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale produced starting from the 1948 vintage. In addition to being an exciting and fascinating event, a vertical tasting also means retracing the history of Selvapiana and Chianti Rufina. The 1950s and 1960s. These were still the years of sharecropping, the vines, some of which were planted with live stakes, were very old. The harvest always began after 10 October; The grapes were vinified in open chestnut vats and concrete tanks. The wines were aged for five to six years in old chestnut barrels. The 1970s. The end of sharecropping imposed drastic changes in the conduct of the Chianti countryside. The first specialized vineyards, the discovery of chemistry, both to fertilize and to defend the harvest and a deep crisis in the countryside also coincides with some difficult harvests. The harvests of the second half of the seventies show the qualitative rebirth. The 80s. Wines consolidate the desire to produce well and with attention to Sangiovese. In Selvapiana the so-called ameliorative varieties, so fashionable in recent years in Chianti, are not used.


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