Fattorie Melini - La Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015
La Selvanella Chianti Classico Reserva is Fattorie Melini's top wine. Debuting in 1969, La Selvanella was the first single vineyard wine from Chianti and one of the first to appear in Italy as a whole. Since then, this wine has been a veteran of Tre Bicchieri, receiving the honor in the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006 vintages.
Terroir: The La Selvanella vineyard, one of the best crus in the Classico area, consists of 123 acres within the commune of Radda, halfway between Panzano and Volpaia. Planted entirely to Sangiovese Grosso, the vineyard is Guyot and cordon speronato-trained and sits at 1,300 feet above sea level with southwestern exposition. The terroir is a mixture of soils dominated by alberese, weathered sandstone.
Vinification: Harvest takes place in early-to-mid October with only the healthiest bunches being picked. The must is traditionally vinified with a long, cool maceration over a period of 20 days with frequent pumping over the must to extract more color, aromas, and body. Fermentation takes place at no more than 81ºF and is followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine refines in French oak cask for 30 months and then rests in the bottle for a minimum of 12 months before its release.
Additional Details editChianti Classico Riserva La Selvanella has a clear, dark, ruby color; full, complex bouquet with strong notes of red fruits, irises, and hints of vanilla. The flavor is full, generous, warm and savory with an elegant aftertaste of woodland undergrowth and toasted almonds. It can be kept longer than usual, and improves with time.
- Appellation: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
- Winemaker: Alessandro Zanette
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- Soil: Alberese, sandstone
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- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Ttl Acidity: 5.25 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 3.1 g/l
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- Pack Size: 12/750ml, 1/3L
- Varietals: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Recent News edit
The Wine Advocate Rating: 90
Author: Monica Larner
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
"The Fattorie Melini 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneti La Selvanella sources its fruit from a celebrated vineyard site in Radda in Chianti. It shows a dark and rich character that is driven by ripe cherry, blackberry, sweet spice, campfire ash and grilled herb. This is a medium-bodied red that offers soft layers of dark fruit, soft tannins, light oak spice and Sangiovese freshness. Enjoy it with some fatty lamb chops. Fattorie Melini farms vineyards in two "comuni," or villages. I've placed this estate in this grouping for San Donato because the winery is located in Gaggiano di Poggibonsi, but the 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneti La Selvanella reviewed here is made with fruit from a celebrated single vineyard in Radda in Chianti."