Finding Gems (Part 1)


One thing we have loved most about being in the wine industry is the opportunity to find wines that we consider affordable but incredible – our gems. Of course it’s great to attend a wine fair and sample a £175 bottle of Nyetimber 1068 or the latest Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape but we understand and can relate that is it not feasible to pop out on a cold Thursday and shell out that kind of money.

Hence, the reason for this blog as we believe we have found our latest gem: Selvapiana Pomino Ross DOC Villa Di Petrognano 2013.

Selvapiana are one of the most established wine makers in Chianti and their Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Reserva is regarded as one of the best wines of the region with Jancis Robinson rating it with 17.5 points, however this comes at the heft cost of approxitmatey £28-£30.

Enter the Pomino! With Pomino DOC being a far newer and less recognised region of Italy than its famous neighbour Chianti, Selvapiana were able to rent land in Petrognano due to a long lasting friendship with the owners. They continued to implement their impeccable wine making standards in near identical climate but at far cheaper cost. The result? A wine that Jancis rated a mere .5 less at 17 but at £10 cheaper than its older brother! £18 for a bottle of this quality is a real steal and we have been reaping the benefits of this find (maybe a little too much on occasion!).

The wine is beautiful mix of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cab Sav and 20% Merlot spending time in french oak to soften the tannins. As a result there is a beautiful mix of tertiary notes reminiscent of a claret but still with lively dark fruit flavour cutting through. A real treat!

Keep your eyes peeled for this gem and once you get your hands (and lips) on one, please give us your feedback on what you think and whether you agree with us!

We will continue the hunt for gems.