Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
It appears a deep, purple-edged ruby red, of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundedness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony.
Wine Enthusiast - "From Frescobaldi’s gorgeous Nipozzano estate, this Riserva Sangiovese (with small percentages of Malvasia Nera, Cabernet and Merlot for extra density and intensity) opens with impressive generosity and personality. It offers lingering flavors of cherry, chocolate and dark spice.
Wine Enthusiast's #1 Wine of the Year 2011"
Wine Spectator - "A burly Rufina, with dried dark fruits, chewy tannins and a dark chocolate and mineral aftertaste. Full and satisfying. Always the fresh acidity in the back palate. A go-to Chianti. Drink now.
#65 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010"
International Wine Cellar - "90% sangiovese, the rest colorino, malvasia nera, cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Deep violet-ruby. Fresh, fruity aromas of red cherry, blueberry and blackberry, with hints of underbrush and minerals; much less spicy, tarry and dark than some other recent vintages of this wine. Then bright and fresh in the mouth, with red cherry, plum and mineral flavors. Finishes smoothly tannic, polite and persistent. One of the better young Nipozzano vintages I recall: this really does remind you of the higher-altitude, cooler Rufina zone."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Chianti Rufina Riserva shows the open, opulent personality that makes this vintage so alluring. Ripe, silky tannins frame a core of red fruits, flowers and spices, all of which come together with unsual grace. Though medium in body, there is wonderful generosity to the fruit, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015. "
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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 century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines. View all Frescobaldi Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
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- 3 Stars: 7
- 2 Stars: 4
- 1 Stars: 2
43 ratings, 14 with reviewsHenry Casillas - Los Angeles, CA11/22/201241/4/201251/3/2012I'm extremely sad that this Chianti is sold out. My one bottle was superb!41/2/2012
7,5 yes very well balanced, full body, fruity with some minerals, strong tannin, long finish, very good wine at this price58/27/2011
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DMFIN - Rochester, MN312/12/2011412/8/2011
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My Cellar - Omaha, NE18/31/2011
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This Chianti has earthy notes to it, exhibiting some spice, but was closed up. Not much too it. Even after leaving the bottle open for a few hours, it only slightly improved. I don't recommend it.49/30/2011
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A great price for a nice bottle. A very nicely balance Boldness to this wine with a chocolate-ty finish. Worth every penny!Mary R - Huntersville, NC49/28/2011Vladimir - Wilmington, MA59/24/201149/23/2011
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Excellent example of a Chianti. Moderate body, nice berry flavor. Smooth tannins provide well rounded structuresusan little - San Francisco, CA59/6/2011
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Always a favorite. Great wine from a great producer!jlnovick - Stoughton, MA28/11/201157/6/2011Always a winner!MichiganCliffy - San Francisco, CA24/20/2011I agree with some of the other reviews for this wine. Just an OK Chianti, nothing all that special. I felt it was a bit watered down compared to some other Chiati's I've had.Anselmo Alves - Derry, NH44/17/201134/9/2011
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The aroma has more fruit than the flavor. Not a bad wine, just a little plain, except the dry, earthy and very persistant finish.Matt Commins - South San Francisco, CA43/31/2011A solid Chianti.22/19/2011Flavorless except for a tannic bite.Vegas Dave - Las Vegas, NV312/23/2010I was drawn to try this bottle because of the WS rating for 2010 and the Frescobaldi name (for which I have had some other superior wines). For me however, drinking it showed it to be nothing more than an average chianti that you can get anywhere for half the price. It wasn't bad wine, just not a special bottle with unique aspects. Kinda rough unpleasant finish however.412/18/2010nice aromas, enjoyed this wine, don't usually buy chianti's but really liked this one
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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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