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Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Montesodi 2010
"The 2010 Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva shows great balance and purity with bright fruit tones of plum, blackberry and sweet spice. It's an easy-drinking expression that would pair with pasta and wild boar sauce or roast beef. A bright point of acidity helps to keep the palate refreshed." -Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
External Reviews for Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Montesodi
Deep red with garnet colour; aromas of black cherry/blackberry fruit with cedar, smoke and vanilla notes; extra dry, full bodied, with balanced fruit flavours, notes of smoke and tar, good acidity with a touch of spice, licorice and leather; long finish.
Chianti Rufina Riserva is a soft, accessible, fruit-driven Chianti. It offers good length although the intensity drops off a little on the mid-palate. Ideally there might be a little more Sangiovese character.
The 2010 Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva shows great balance and purity with bright fruit tones of plum, blackberry and sweet spice. It’s an easy-drinking expression that would pair with pasta and wild boar sauce or roast beef. A bright point of acidity helps to keep the palate refreshed. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2020.
General Information: Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello di Nipozzano. This wine always retains its close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir. Vintage Report: Spring 2010 was marked by frequent rainstorms, which made life difficult for the viticulturalists with regard to vineyard operations and anti-fungal efforts, but the rain also had the benefit of building up groundwater reserves. The summer months experienced a rather even alternation of decent rains and sunny days. September brought ideal conditions, with cool nights and warm, sunny days right through to the end of the harvest. The upshot was that the vines performed splendidly, and the fruit arrived in the cellar with optimal ripeness levels. At Castello di Nipozzano, the weather conditions, even and balanced throughout the season, will produce wines of remarkable elegance, bright acidity, and emphatic aromatics, with superb complexity and cellaring potential. After the spring rains, the summer months were marked by mild, sunny conditions that lasted into autumn. September brought some rain, but it did no harm to the health and soundness of the fruit. The fine ripeness levels of the grapes will ensure remarkably fine structures for this year’s wines. ESTATE AND VINEYARD LOCATION: Chianti Rùfina area where is located Castello di Nipozzano ALTITUDE: 250-500 m VINEYARD SIZE: 250 ha EXPOSURE: Various SOIL TYPE: Calcareous clay, rich in stone PLANTING DENSITY: From 2,500 to 6,000 vines per hectare TRAINING SYSTEM: Spur - pruned cordon and guyot