Selvapiana is consistently one of if not the best producers in Chianti Rufina, a region lying east of Florence and outside of the original classico zone. The other large Rufina producer, Frescobaldi, also does a good job but for my tastes does not offer the same interest.
Bucerchiale is a single vineyard designate made entirely from Sangiovese. It was one of the first Riservas in Chianti to be fully committed to Sangiovese and has been made since 1979.
The grapes for the Bucerchiale are hand harvested from vines planted in clay and limestone. Fermentation is with wild yeasts. The oldest segment of the vineyard is now almost 50 years old and the youngest has a good 24 years. This leads to extremely characterful fruit.
What stands out here is not only that the wine offers a deep, properly typical expression of high quality Sangiovese, but also its lovely aromatics and silky texture. This is very easy to drink for a Riserva level wine with 15% ABV and competes well with peers at its price point.
Very Good+ to Excellent
$61 + tax at Marquis Wine Cellars