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Located in the hills east of Florence, Chianti Rufina is a very small appellation of just 600 hectares (for comparison, Chianti Classico covers a vast 7,000 hectares – virtually the entire zone between Florence and Siena). By reputation the wines are both more refined and more backward than other Chiantis – presumably a function of Rufina’s mix of galestro, limestone and clay soils, higher altitude, proximity to the inland Apennines, and cooler microclimate combining to produce later...
Tremendous depth of colour with great intensity on the nose and a powerful, fruit packed palate, unusual for the Chianti Rufina zone which is usually characterised by its leaner, elegant wines. Ripe raspberry and spicy cherry fruit, with a touch of herbs and violets on the palate, robust tannins and the long, fine finish which is the hallmark of the Selvapiana wines.
Vigneto Bucerchiale is Selvapiana’s flagship wine. It is a wine capable of very long aging. Typically the fruit for the Bucerchiale is the last picked at the estate. All of the fruit is hand-picked, fermentation takes place using native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and the wine is matured in French oak barriques.
- 94 Points -
- #43 - Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018 -
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.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Monica Larner, October 2016
The 2013 Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale is a fantastic interpretation with seamless balance and carefully measured intensity. The wine opens to bright cherry and cassis aromas that are wrapped within a delicate veil of balsam or Mediterranean herb. The mouthfeel is silky and long with a good amount of power to move it smoothly over the palate. Selvapiana shows excellent results in this vintage.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Antonio Galloni, November 2016
A host of dark red cherry, iron, plum, smoke, licorice and dark spice infuse the 2013 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Bucerchiale. Pliant and dense, with tightly wound tannins, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to unwind. There is plenty to look forward to for those who can wait. Despite its mid-weight structure, the 2013 packs quite a punch to match its decidedly virile personality.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Sweet wood smoke, plum and cherry flavors pervade this dense red, which mellows with air, finding a nice harmony and lingering on the aftertaste.See detailed press review