Selvapiana is one of the classic Tuscan fattoria, located in the Chianti Rufina zone. The estate sprawls over 240 hectares of land of which 45 are planted to vine and 31 to olives. Originally built as a summer residence for the Florentine bishops, it was purchased in 1827 by Michele Giuntini Selvapiana and since 1957 it has been run by the fifth generation Giuntini family member, Francesco Giuntini Antinori, In recent years the estate has been managed by Silvia and Federico Giuntini Masseti who are loyal to the path forged by Francesco, and continue to work closely with Franco Bernabei, the consulting oenologist at Selvapiana since 1978. Rufina's soil of galestro mixed with limestone and clay combined with its proximity to the Apennines, some of the estate’s vineyards are at 400m, provide a special micro-climate for longer ripening fruit with higher acidity. Selvapiana's reputation is based on producing red wines of considerable longevity and terroir from this unique location. Along with the vintage Chianti Rufina, we also have the legendary Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale.
Gracious, delicate and light on its feet, the 2013 Chianti Rufina is a fabulous introduction to the wines of this tiny appellation. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, cinnamon and the essence of Sangiovese fruit all lift from the glass effortlessly, while silky tannins convey an overall impression of finesse. The style is a bit lean and classically austere, but that is what is to be expected in a cooler area. If the 2013 gains a bit more depth in bottle it might merit a higher score in the future.
Score: 89 points -- Vinous