Editorial Reviews for Chianti Rufina Riserva Montesodi Castello di Nippozano Frescobaldi Rot Premier 50 Rouge C& D Weinhandelsgesellschaft Mbh
This starts off with noticeable chocolate oak on the nose and then has lots of cherry cordial, wood spice and some rose petal. This is very smooth and soft in the mouth. There are very attractive flavors of dark fruit, mineral, leather and toasty spice all wrapped in a gentle wash of cocoa. This will have very broad appeal, it really delivers a fine rendition of Chianti, if rather rich and sleek. The fruit takes on a gritty aspect on the back end then yields to a lovely, austere finish, which sees a bit of wood tannin lingering on the finale. Not exactly my style but lovely. 91pts
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Dark berries and black potent tea leaves with a tinge of coconut on the nose.
Tonight's selection was a nice Chianti Rufina from an estate that traces its roots back to the 11th century, Castello di Nipozzano. Not to be confused with the standard Chianti Classico, the Chianti Rufina comes from the furthest corner of the Chianti DOCG, perched almost as a separate addition to the northeast corner of the Chianti region, just to the east of Florence. Blessed with a distinct soil and climate from the broader region, along with long, warm and dry summers creates a distinctive taste to this wine. Given this background, it's not surprising that this wine exhibits much different characteristics than its dry Sangiovese cousins. With a rich ruby color, the wine exhibits a nose of earth, leather and spicy oak, offering a preview of its structured tannins, coupled with a hint of black cherry suggesting an interesting balance in taste. The wine has wonderful flavors of rich fruit, with rich berries, with with a tangy zest of acidity that offers an amazing balance. This one can really get you going, thinking it's going to be a sweet fruity wine, but then in the end it snaps you back in a completely different direction! As for food pairings, this would go wonderfully with a classic zuppa Toscana, or the classic fagioli beans on Tuscan toast, and especially a wonderfully grilled steak, a favorite throughout Tuscany! Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 3.5, only because it's a bit on the expensive side at $17, but still a wondefuly wine to end the day!
This one has the typical aromas and flavors of dark fruits (plums) and purple flowers, but extra bonus of rosemary, coconut and a little gaminess. Opens up quite a bit.
Vanilla and red fruits with a bit of acid.
Lots of blueberry, soft with low tannins and moderate acid, good food wine.
Good Chianti but is a little unbalanced.
Nice taste Open the bottle 1 hour before or decant the Wine.
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The attractive, mid-weight 1999 Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva offers black cherry fruit, new saddle leather, and spice box aromas. Well-made, with good acidity as well as aggressive tannin, it should be consumed over the next 5-6 years.
Sleek and well made. medium-bodied with cherry and mineral aromas and flavors. Fine tannins mark the finish.
Aromas of plum, tobacco and grilled meat. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow midpalate.
The Nipozzano Riserva is a perennial favorite, and we recommend it highly in most vintages. The '93 combines all the wine's usual charms, including a trademark aroma that smells a little like an antique cigar box, and the wine goes a step further with a complete saturation of flavor. The richness of fruit across the palate shows a concentration and balance that will serve the wine well for those who wish to age it a few years. That balance is achieved with no overt tannin or excess weight, allowing an incipient complexity to come forward and provide plenty of pleasures right now. This is a wine to buy by the case.
Very ripe aromas of black licorice and hints of raisins. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a peppery finish. Lacks a bit of finesse, but impressive. Best after 2003.
If you're looking for a reliable Tuscan aristocrat, look no further than Nippozzano. This is consistantly one of the best drinking wines from the region; made at the estate for seven centuries, the style was updated during a major renovation of the winery in 1998. The 2000 Nipozzano is cleaner, more finely packaged than wines from the old cellar, and that only allows the pure flavors of Rufina sangiovese more amplitude and clarity of tone. Its fragrant with rose and black trumpet mushrooms, elegant with light tannins surrounding the ripe cherry fruit. Satisfying now with a wild mushroom risotto, this is balanced for age.
If you need further proof of the quality of the '97 vintage in Tuscany, look no further than Nipozzano. This is not an esoteric bottle that few will ever drink. It's a well distributed wine that completely blew this critic away in a blind tasting. It grabs your attention and takes you imagination into a silk robe, over chocolate perfumes that hint at ambrosia, through layers upon layer of distinctive terroir, a lasting spice, a moist earthy character that's both hidden and potent. How can a wine cascade across the palate with so much grace, the sparkle of its flavors lasting for minutes? How can a sip bring to mind a sexual fabric rather than fermented grape juice?