Some good news to read about Selvapiana, from Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek, 22 February 2013
Next week from 26th to 28th of February, I will be attending VINISUD ASIA fair, three tasting days with producers in organic culture from France and Italy :
- St andré de figuière in Provence, Côtes de Provence la Londe
- Domaine des HOMS in Minervois
- Selvapiana in Tuscany – Rufina
- Vittorio Bera e Figli in Piemonte
- Casè in Emilie Romagne
See you soon on the stand
Les nouveaux millésimes Chianti Rufina 2010 et Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2009 font parler d’eux …
By Ian D’Agata
($17) Ruby-red. Redcurrant, plum and cinnamon on the fruity nose. Fresh and juicy, with ripe red cherry and spicy raspberry flavors given clarity and cut by lovely mineral tang. This outstanding everyday Chianti finishes smooth and long. 90
($30) (14.5% alcohol): Medium saturated red. Red plum, redcurrant, tobacco, forest floor and potpourri spices on the sexy, very complex nose. Dense, sweet, suave and deep, with insidious intensity to the multilayered flavors of blueberry, tobacco leaf and loam. Wonderfully silky and sweet Chianti, finishing with fine-grained tannins and lingering ripe red cherry and spice flavors. The 2009 vintage doesn’t get any better than this. An outstanding wine, and everything a Chianti ought to be. 95
($35) Good deep red-ruby. Almost grapey dark berry aroma complicated by roast coffee and sweet oak. Creamy-sweet, rich and pliant on the palate, with herbal red berry and cocoa flavors. Finishes with a sweet pipe tobacco nuance and mounting tannins. 88
($40) Bright, medium yellow-gold. Musky, penetrating aromas of baked apple, butterscotch, sweet spices, honey and fig, with tropical fruit notes adding complexity. Fairly fat and chewy, but with excellent lift to its exotic, sweet, rich flavors of peach, brown butter, caramel, honey and baking spices. This silky, lush wine finishes ripe, thick and long. Excellent concentration and depth for what is one of the best Vin Santos from Selvapiana in memory. 94
This week, we are visiting the Fattoria Selvapiana, in Tuscany in the chianti RUFINA zone which is the oldest and highest appellation in Chianti. It extends along the right bank of the Arno and then rise towards North on both banks of the Arno’s major tributary, the Sieve rive.
The Fattoria Selvapiana is located in Pontasieve, in the Sieve Valley, centrale of this appellation and known for its cool climate. From 1957, Francesco Giuntini, the 5th generation Giuntini family member, has worked with great energy and intelligence to restore the prestige of the Chianti Rufina appellation and to build a good reputation for Selvapiana estate wines. Today, his adoptif children, Federico and Silvia Massetti Giuntini are following the same line and have this deep respect to the Sangiovese grape, typical from this region.
The estate rises up at 240 meters high and spreads on 58 ha, its largest part is around the cellar with parcels Selvapiana, Pontasieve, Cerbognole which will produce the Chianti Rufina Vendemmia with 95% of Sangiovese.
All the estate (vines and olive trees) have been in organic culture for years, the soils are scratched or grass is allowed in between the rows, it depends on many factors and no decisions are taken too fast, listenning to the soil’s needs is the only factor. Now, one of the work is the stripping, manually, to allow the Sangiovese to be well-riped and balanced
The Cru Bucerchiale, the best vineyard of the estate South South-West facing, was planted in 1968 with Sangiovese from a massal selection of the old vines of Selvapiana. The soil is clay limestone with schist.
Selvapiana also produce a POMINO wine. The vineyard in this appellation are even higher in altitude (up to 550 meters high). Only two producers are producing in the appellation : Frescobaldi and Villa Petrogano, which is managed today by Selvapiana. The landscape is completely different, very hilly (foothill of the Appenines), the climate is cooler and the vines harvest later.
Selvapiana is also an important name in the Olive oil world, 40 ha of olive trees with Frantoio variety complete the estate. The olive trees are very old with lots of centenary, it give a olive oil very green, very spices with green tomatoes and artichoke flavor … DELICIOUS !
Rufina is an appellation to discover, one of the highest in altitude in Chianti (350 to 450 meters high), the climate there is always some degrees less than in classico, which explains that the wines keep also a nice freshness and a beautiful elegance !
Selvapiana produces wonderful olive oils, and great wines able to be aged for years and years ! Definitely Wines to have !
I would be pleased to meet you on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the both booths :
Domaine Rolet, groupe Vignoble et Signature HALL 1 STAND A99
Fattoria Selvapiana, HALL1 STAND LM 19 together with Adami winemaker from Prosecco DOCG and Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella and Amarone’s appellations.
On Monday I would be attending an off fair at Cujack, called Haut les vins, all infos on www.hautlesvins.com
On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st of June, in Château de Cujac, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m
Let’s come and taste wonderful wines presenting the terroir of where they are produced, and take particulary your time while tasting wines from Italy :
LA STOPPA di Elena Pantaleoni
SELVAPIANA di Federico Giuntini
DENAVOLO di Giulio Armani
TENUTA GRILLO di Guido Zampaglione
Looking forward to seeing you there !