There's Chianti – and then there's Chianti Riserva. This is from a single vineyard in the premium Rufina area. Cool breezes keep grapes intense and fresh and help produce wines with finesse, purity and richness, all found in this fine 94-pt 2018.
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Elegant, fresh with juicy red fruits, violet hints and oaky spice
Black cherry, cassis, herbal notes and warming spice
Since the 17th century, Rufina has been marked out as a source of world-class Chianti. And there are few better addresses than Selvapiana, an estate owned by Francesco Giuntini’s family since 1827. It’s a classic Tuscan property that includes woodland, olive groves and 60 hectares of vineyards, nearly all planted to Sangiovese. Chianti’s most noble red grape thrives in the clay and limestone soils. It’s also 150-200 metres above sea level where cool nights and gentle breezes keep the grapes beautifully fresh. Low yields, traditional winemaking techniques and 12 months’ ageing in oak barrels produce a Riserva with great structure and complexity. Supple enough to enjoy now, but decant well in advance. Worth cellaring a bottle or two as well.
"A very pure and beautiful red with cherry and strawberry. Subtle spice, like clove and nutmeg"
James Suckling Critic, 94 points
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