Wine Spectator Review Rated 91 SMART BUY Shows sweet blueberry notes, with mineral and lilac. Full-bodied, with fine ...Read more...
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 ... Read more
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 conf... Read more
Lots of blueberry, soft with low tannins and moderate acid, good food wine. Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Castello Nipozzano
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
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!
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.
Very nice, really best enjoyed with grilled meats. I didn't enjoy sipping on it's own.
Wine Spectator Review Rated 91 SMART BUY Shows sweet blueberry notes, with mineral and lilac. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and vanilla and bright fruit flavors. Clean and racy. Best after 2010. Wine Tasting Notes An enticing, rather pronounced ruby red, edged with garnet. Its suite of fragrances exhibits considerable complexity, opening to dark fruit such as plum and blackcurrant, 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.
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