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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2003
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2003
(search item no. 91209)
collectible wine

The Wine News rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The single-vineyard 2003 Chianti Rufina Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale is made from the estate's finest Sangiovese fruit. It is a ripe, powerful wine boasting explosive dark fruit, licorice, chocolate and sweet toasted oak on an ample, structured frame, with a kick from the alcohol on the finish. Today it appears that the flavors will mature faster than the tannins will resolve. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
90 Points

"Intense smoky nose with enticing violet and plum sensations; dense palate with black cherry-berry flavors and a spicy close. Surprisingly fresh and refined for the vintage, with firm tannins. Great concentration and length; will age wonderfully."
The Wine News
95 points

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About Selvapiana:

Selvapiana, located in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area of Tuscany, was founded by the Giuntini family in 1827, and is managed today by Silvia and Federico Giuntini Masseti. It is a typical Tuscan estate consisting of the owner's villa, cellars and other historic buildings — now no longer used — including an oil mill, granary and joiner's workshop.

For a long time, Selvapiana was a summer residence for Florentine bishops. It then belonged to a series of Florentine merchant families including the Scalandroni. Purchased in 1827 by Michele Giuntini Selvapiana, the estate now covers an area of 600 acres, of which 100 are devoted to vineyards and 75 to olive trees. Five generations of the Giuntini family have lived on the estate over the years.

The current owner, Francesco Giuntini Antinori, has dedicated a great deal of energy towards restoring the prestige that Chianti Rufina once enjoyed. In recent years, responsibility for running the estate has been taken over by Silvia and Federico Giuntini Masseti. They are sticking to the path forged by Francesco, and continue to work closely with Franco Bernabei, the consultant winemaker at Selvapiana since 1978.