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2007 Melini La Selvanella Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy

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Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $26   From: $22   To: $31

Search Rank 5605 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 5605th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 5589th

Score: 89  
The Wine-Searcher score of 89/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
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90/100  
88/100  
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Awards
Award Organization Award Year Result
Japan Wine Challenge 2013 Bronze

Price History for 2007 Melini La Selvanella Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy
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Grape Variety

Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica), a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany, and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. Italy’s love affair with Sangiovese – and indeed the world’s – is generations old, though recent grapevine research suggests the variety is not as ancient as once thought.

At the dawn of the 21st Century, Sangiovese equated to roughly one in every 10 vines on the Italian peninsula. The quality of Sangiovese wine can be notoriously variable, though in the 1980s, drastically improved winemaking techniques saw a significant shift toward more quality-oriented releases. Sangiovese has numerous clones and is consequently known by many synonyms in its native Italy.

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Region
  • Chianti Classico is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established viticultural area. The term classico is used in this way in several Italian wine regions (Orvieto and Valpolicella, for example), although Chianti is almost certainly the most famous example. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and winemaking traditions. The typical Chianti Classico wine is a ruby-red, Sangiovese-based wine with aromas of violets and cherries and a hint of earthy spice.

    Bottles of Chianti Classico wine are marked by the DOCG's black cockerel logo. While this symbol has a clear practical application ( ...more

  • Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. Although a wine of ancient origin, Chianti has been recognized by its geographical area only since the Middle Ages.

    The official Chianti wine zone was officially demarcated by Cosimo Medici III in the early 18th Century, and the wine’s defining character came abo...more

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