The other day, I uncorked a bottle of Selvapiana Fornace from the very hot 2003 vintage. The wine was still dark and robust and instead of whispering to me like a gentle lover, was yelling despite its old age! May be it is due to the international veriatels blended with the Sangiovese. There was nothing wrong with the wine but what I did not drink the first day, was immensely better on the second.
The wine, from a few cases I bought at the estate in 2007, brought back pleasant memories of the visit with friends from the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. Here are some images from that wine tour:
Selvapiana is a delightful Tuscan fattoria located in Chianti Rufina, which is one of seven sub-zones of the Chianti DOCG, in the hills close to the Apennines above the Sieve River, east of Florence. The 240 hectares estate has 45 ha devoted to vineyards. It was originally a summer residence for the Florentine bishops and later belonged to a series of Florentine merchant families. Along with excellent vintage Chianti Rufina, the estate produces two particularly fine crus: Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale, and Fornace.
Fattoria Selvapiana was visited for a tasting lunch during a week’s wine tour of Tuscany, staying at Villa Casalecchi in Castellina-in-Chianti. We flew to Pisa from Leeds/Bradford airport and were collected by our German coach which arrived from Frankfurt a day earlier, for the drive to the heart of Chianti country 142 kms away.
Hotel Villa Casalecchi, Castellina in Chianti (Siena) 53011 Italia, Tel. (0039) 0577-740 240, 0577-740294, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org