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2016 Selvapiana
Chianti Rufina Riserva

The origin of Fattoria Selvapiana dates back to 1827. Michele Giuntini, the ancestor of Francesco Giuntini, is the current owner and fifth generation to run the property from 1957 to 1997.  Francesco was among the first Tuscan producers to craft the Riserva wines made only from Sangiovese grapes. Additionally, he was the first to produce their flagship wine Selvapiana from a single vineyard, Bucerchiale.  The hills where the Rufina vineyards are situated at the foothills of the Apennines; the chain of mountains divides Tuscany from Emilia Romagna. This location strongly influences the microclimate of the area with its cooler summers and temperature swings between day and night. 

This wine elevates your senses to another level. The color is dark cherry with a nose that opens with an expression of power. There are nuances of sweet pipe tobacco, licorice, mint, dark chocolate and baking spices that give the wine its distinctive character.  The palate continues to take you on an amazing journey with tannins that are round, silky and polished. There is a creamy richness that is wonderfully balanced with fresh acidity and a long aftertaste.  Delicious to drink on its own, but will pair wonderfully with Northern Italian dishes like Veal Bolognese with Paccheri pasta. 

By Perry Miroballi

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