Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2021, a classic, fragrant, juicy red from the Tuscan hills, in the foothills of the Apennines above Florence: highly acclaimed, silky and seamless: case of 12 bottles delivered

Original price was: £250.00.Current price is: £189.00.

93/100 The Wine Front
91/100 Wine Enthusiast
91/100 James Suckling
This is a classic, perfumed and elegant red from Selvapiana, one of the top estates in Rufina. Write the critics at Wine Spectator: ‘Selvapiana would give stiff competition to first-class red wines from just about anywhere in the world.’ This the 2021 has won high marks from the critics. And for our Members it’s a snip.
The Rufina zone is the smallest of all in Chianti (about 1,000 hectares of vineyard) and also one of the most special. It is much higher in elevation, located in the hills east of Florence, with tree-lined slopes dotted with picturesque vineyards. Maritime breezes brought in by passes cut into the Apennines gradually cool the vineyards here, producing wines with incredible finesse. We should be there now—but at least with this excellent Chianti we can enjoy the fruits of Tuscany and raise a toast to future trips!
And there is no better producer in Rufina than Selvapiana, which has been in the Francesco Giuntini family since 1827. Originally constructed as a watchtower to safeguard the city of Florence, the historic Selvapiana estate has been producing some of the best wines in the region for centuries. Organic farming was and is the norm here. These days the property is run by Federico Masseti, whose passion for this beautiful estate in the foothills of the Apennines is evident in the consistent quality of the wines.
This 2021 is delicious, a blend of 95% Sangiovese, with Canaiolo Colorino and Malvasia Nera, from vines of 15-40+ years in age. With soaring aromatics of wild cherries, strawberries and plenty of candied citrus fruit, this is a wonderfully elegant, charming Chianti. Silky and seamless on the palate, its delicate red berried fruit flavours seem to dance across the tongue. There’s just the right amount of fresh, firm tannin here, with plenty of mineral tang on the finish.
Food pairings? The Italian classics, pasta al pomodoro and margherita pizza, but also fresh salmon and tuna. Beautiful now, you can expect to savour until 2027.
Non Members £250 plus delivery. CCUK £189 including UK mainland delivery.

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