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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2004
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2004
(search item no. 93471)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 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:

Made from 100% single-vineyard Sangiovese from old vines - some planted in 1968 - on the Bucerchiale parcel.

Intense ruby red in color, it offers suave flavors of cherry, red currants and violets, nicely integrated with elegant notes of tobacco, leather and wood. Pure, full-bodied and fleshy, with a solid structure and superfine tannins. The balanced acidity, typical of the wines of Chianti, gives substantial consistency to the juicy texture.

A wine made for long aging, some of the bottles in Selvapiana's cellars date back to 1947. Recommended with rich meat dishes and barbecue.

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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.