Chianti Rufina 2019, Selvapiana
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Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera
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Chianti Rùfina is the most important label of Selvapiana winery. It comes from mainly Sangiovese with little contributions from the traditional blending partners Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera. This wine embodies the finesse and freshness of the Rùfina del Chianti sub-area.
The vineyards stand at an altitude of 200-300 meters above sea level on soils rich in clay and limestone. The training system used is the spurred cordon. The age of the vines varies between 15 and 40 years (plant 1978-2003). Yields hover around 7,000 kg per hectare. The wine ages in French oak barrels from 2,500 to 3,000 liters for about 4 months. 157,000 bottles are produced per year.
Most Chianti is simply a commodity which is sold off to the export market. It is really one of the most overproduced wines of Italy. But when we discovered the wildness of their vineyards and the immense age ability of their wines, we were shocked in the best of ways. This is simply one of the most sincere and beautiful Chianti's we have tasted.
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.