Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Nipozzano 2009 is a lovely ruby-red. The nose opens with dark wild berries and cherry, hints of cotton candy and pleasant floral notes of lilac and chocolate. The spicy component emerges with nuances of clove and green peppercorn. The palate is characterized by a distinct tactile approach in which the stamp of the terroir is underlined by a lively minerality. The tannin texture is thight but not sharp, which is also an expression of the uniqueness of the soils of Nipozzano. The finish returns to the intense fruity notes already identified on the nose.
Serve with barbecued meat and beef stews or aged cheeses.
"Offers mature aromas and flavors of forest floor, dried fruit, sweet spice and leather, all matched to a bright profile.
Remains light-footed, lingering on the finish."
"The 2009 Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano is very pretty. Veins of minerality support an expressive core of dark red berries in this silky, long Chianti. The 2009 impresses for its persistence and fine overall balance. Ideally, the 2009 is enjoyed while the fruit retains its vibrancy."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright, full ruby. High-toned aromas of red berries, violet and wild herbs. Dense and sweet but also juicy, with a creamy, fine-grained texture to the complex flavors of red and black fruits and exotic dried herbs. Nicely energetic Chianti, finishing with sweet tannins and excellent length."
International Wine Cellar
"Very fruity with blackberries and violets on the nose and palate. Full body, with modern tannins and a crisp, fruity and minerally aftertaste. This is always excellent value. Drink or hold."
There is nothing wrong with this wine. 4 different rating services rated it 90 Pts; are they all wrong? This wine is not good (as very few are)out of the bottle. Between 3.5 and 4.0 hrs. in the decanter and you have a lovely inexpensive bottle of wine.
Light & Fruity
Unremarkable Chianti. Taste was a little flat with an OK finish. Nothing really interesting. Not offensive and not remarkable so three stars.
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