Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2005

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

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Item No. 94272
  • red wine
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The fragrances exhibit considerable complexity, opening to dark fruit such as plum and black currant, then enriched by a pungent spiciness that betrays cinnamon and clove. The attack offers dense, impressive pulp, and fine-grained tannins that marry beautifully with its alcohol; the result is a solidly-built, but not heavy or extractive, wine with a seamless, long-lingering finish.

A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 10% others (Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon.

Critical Acclaim

"Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008! Offers plumy fruit with hints of flowers, citrus and light chocolate. Medium-bodied, with a balanced and tasty palate, fine tannins and a clean finish. Structured. Best after 2009. "
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
This Chianti is beautiful for the price. I had the oppurtunity to try at a tasting and bought several bottles. Great with a nice tray of Italian cheeses and meats. Loved
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(7/26/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
Way under rated. This is so smooth yet so rich and fruity. You will love this one.
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William Ryan - Spencerport, NY (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Best Italian red under $30 I've ever tasted. It is not what I expected from Chianti though. More of a Super Tuscan. Absolutely awesome and affordable enough ($14 a bottle case price) to be an everyday wine. I must be spoiled.....
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Mary R - Huntersville, NC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/2/2011)
I have decided I don't really like Chiantis anymore
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KALehto - Monmouth, OR (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/27/2010)
This wine is everything the Wine Spectator says it is! I normally lean toward Pinot Noir, but this wine borders on Zinfandel for power and pizazz. Needs favorful food to contend with it, like BBQ meats, bold cheese or rich desserts. Not for the faint of palate! I'll have to buy a couple more, and save one to see how it matures!
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Rating:
(9/28/2010)
A refreshing floral nose, dark red fruit and an ever so subtle spice on the palate. Not what I expected in a Chianti, its finish was reminiscent of a Zinfandel.
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Rating:
(9/27/2010)
This finishes my trial of chiantis under $20. While a decent wine, Nipozzano wasn't special. Of the 7 that I tasted, I liked the Cecchi the best (and not just because it was less expensive). In the end I learned that sangiovese just isn't my favorite grape.
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Learn About Frescobaldi Map ItMap It

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates-and roughly 2,500 acres-in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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