Chianti 2018, Bucerchiale


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Winemaker Notes

The Chianti Rufina '' Bucerchiale Vineyard '' Fattoria Selvapiana is the flagship wine of the company. Francesco Giuntini created this wine, intended for long aging, to best represent the character and quality of the Sangiovese grape, of the territory of Rufina and Selvapiana.

The first vintage dates back to 1979, the second harvest as a consultant to the young oenologist Franco Bernabei. Bucerchiale vineyard is produced only in the best years, ferments in temperature-controlled steel tanks at 30 - 32 degrees, spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts, frequent pumping over and maceration for about 30 days. Refines 15 months in French oak barriques, 10% of which are new.

The Story

Selvapiana is among the best-known and most respected of the two dozen growers in Rùfina—the smallest subzone of Chianti—and as it happens is also one of only two wineries to produce wine from the tiny Pomino DOC.

Pomino is the name of a current wine denomination, but the Pomino region defined by Grand Duke Cosimo III de Medici was much larger—essentially the same as the Rùfina subzone of the Chianti DOCG today. Thus, Chianti Rùfina was one of the areas (along with Chianti Classico, Carmignano, and Val d’Arno di Sopra) defined in the world’s earliest-known denomination protection law.

It celebrated the bando’s 300th anniversary in 2016. The Selvapiana winery, like all of Chianti Rùfina, lies close to the Sieve River, a tributary of the Arno upriver from Florence. The air is cooler and cleaner here than in the city, which is why these hills have long been a retreat for aristocrats escaping Florence’s summer heat.

During the Renaissance, one noble Florentine family constructed the Selvapiana residence by enlarging a medieval watchtower that was one of the outposts guarding Florence from invading enemies.

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