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Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This smells fairly intense with dusty mineral notes, oak notes and leafy edged black currant fruit on the nose, all over dark, leather-dried strawberry fruit. Tight and focused in the mouth and fairly rich up front with nice, slightly vanilla-edged dark berry and dried strawberry fruit. This is rather smooth though there is a base of fine tannin. Some woody tannin emerging on the back end is balanced by soft if lively acids. A touch extracted on the finish, showing an odd blend of sweet, ripe black cherry and grapey fruit and drying, firm tannins, though the fruit manages to stick around for a while. This is a touch rough around the edges. 88pts

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Marchesi de' Frescobaldi:
The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates, and more than 1,000 hectares, in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the early 14th 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 glimp... Read more
The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates, and more than 1,000 hectares, in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the early 14th 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. The core wine growing philosophy of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi revolves around the integrated relationship among environment, vine, climate, and man’s intervention. They continually upgrade their extensive vineyard holdings, and they craft their wines with the finest combination of traditional and innovative methods. Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazines Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy’s finest wines. Visit www.tuscanytonight.com for more information about Marchesi de Frescobaldi wines, Italian recipes, wine and more. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/05/2012

This smells fairly intense with dusty mineral notes, oak notes and leafy edged black currant fruit on the nose, all over dark, leather-dried strawberry fruit. Tight and focused in the mouth and fairly rich up front with nice, slightly vanilla-edged dark berry and dried strawberry fruit. This is rather smooth though there is a base of fine tannin. Some woody tannin emerging on the back end is balanced by soft if lively acids. A touch extracted on the finish, showing an odd blend of sweet, ripe black cherry and grapey fruit and drying, firm tannins, though the fruit manages to stick around for a while. This is a touch rough around the edges. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/05/2012

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


Member Reviews for Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva

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Snooth User: EMark
8478048,284
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 12/30/2016

Very much a barnyard nose. On the tongue, typical, to me, lightly red-fruited, but, then, noticeable tartness. Medium bodied. Very drinkable, and, for $14, good QPR.


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022642,784
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/13/2017

spicy yet cool melony nose; some dark fruits and liquorice


Snooth User: tropes24
129526858
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/08/2013

Nice light wine, let it breath


Snooth User: martins2002
2776575,342
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/24/2018

Four glasses


Snooth User: Jerel1957
1277811384
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/11/2013

D/H 2013-2020- The 2008 Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano is a very beautiful wine in this vintage. It shows attractive mid-palate juiciness in its sweet red berries, crushed flowers and spices. This mid-weight, delicate Chianti is best enjoyed over the next few years while the fruit retains its freshness. The Nipozzano is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spent 24 months in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. Score: 89. —Antonio Galloni, August 2011. @ryebrook


Snooth User: BTKerne
542262255
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/06/2012

A soft-spoken Chianti that hides layers of depth. Hints of leather surround the cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes on the nose. The tannins are quite underspoken, but they finish stronger. The wine is an elegant grower, revealing depth as you sip. It is quite indicative of the milder weather of the 2008 vintage.


Snooth User: thecitymouse
103439122
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/22/2012

An easy drinking middle of the road italian red


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External Reviews for Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
08/08/2019

Description: A historic Frescobaldi wine produced at Castello di Nipozzano, situated around 35 km north-east of Florence. It is the symbol of Tuscan winemaking and maintains a close relationship with the style of the terroir. Vintage Report: In 2015 the grape ripening was excellent, aided by the long summer, high temperatures and favourable climate. The long-awaited warm welcome of winter did not come until the second half of February, slowing the reawakening of the vines which, due to the freezing temperatures, delayed the guttation phase by around ten days. Spring arrived punctually on 21 March. The flowering season was favoured by the alternation of clear days with mild temperatures and below average rainfall as compared to the last five years. The fruiting season began during the summer, which will be remembered as one of the hottest and sunniest of the last decade. July was characterised by days with temperatures above 30 degrees and very little rainfall. The beneficial rains of the first week in August changed the rhythm of the season once again. Autumn brought with it an unexpected change of air, colours and aromas, as well as the beginning of the harvest in September. Tasting Notes: Nipozzano 2015 has an intense ruby-red colour. The nose provides a pleasant combination of the clear notes of red berries and lightly toasted coffee, lending complexity to the wine before giving way to a fresh and spicy finish. In the mouth the wine is rich, characterised by the elegant density of the grapes and the mineral freshness of the finish that make it balanced and persistent. Alcohol by volume: 13%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 06/04/2019

Description: Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello Nipozzano. This wine always retains its close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir. Vintage Report: Winter 2012 was characterised by cold temperatures reaching below zero in January. In February there was abundant snowfall. The cool spring, with rainy episodes well spread over the season, encouraged the replenishment of the soil on the slopes, guaranteeing good water resources for the vineyards, especially during the summer period, when the vegetation was at its peak and the clusters started to darken and ripen. The summer, on the other hand, hot and dry, was characterised by days with record temperatures of over 35°C and a strong temperature range during the night. Tasting Notes: Nipozzano 2012 is ruby coloured with purple reflections. Entry on the nose is floral, clean aromas of sweet violet which prevail over the fruitiness. Then, raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry, accompanied by liquorice scents and spicy notes of Muscat and white pepper. At the end sweet notes of black plum jam and almond candy appear. Entry on the palate is warm and decisive, with tannins readily evident. The texture appears decisive, a typical characteristic of Chianti Rùfina. Long persistence. Aftertaste at the end dominated by floral and spicy notes at the back of the mouth. ** Only 5 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 02/22/2019

Description: Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello Nipozzano. This wine always retains its close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir. Vintage Report: Winter 2012 was characterised by cold temperatures reaching below zero in January. In February there was abundant snowfall. The cool spring, with rainy episodes well spread over the season, encouraged the replenishment of the soil on the slopes, guaranteeing good water resources for the vineyards, especially during the summer period, when the vegetation was at its peak and the clusters started to darken and ripen. The summer, on the other hand, hot and dry, was characterised by days with record temperatures of over 35°C and a strong temperature range during the night. Tasting Notes: Nipozzano 2012 is ruby coloured with purple reflections. Entry on the nose is floral, clean aromas of sweet violet which prevail over the fruitiness. Then, raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry, accompanied by liquorice scents and spicy notes of Muscat and white pepper. At the end sweet notes of black plum jam and almond candy appear. Entry on the palate is warm and decisive, with tannins readily evident. The texture appears decisive, a typical characteristic of Chianti Rùfina. Long persistence. Aftertaste at the end dominated by floral and spicy notes at the back of the mouth. ** Only 10 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 08/20/2016

Description: Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello Nipozzano. This wine always retains its close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir. Vintage Report: Winter 2012 was characterised by cold temperatures reaching below zero in January. In February there was abundant snowfall. The cool spring, with rainy episodes well spread over the season, encouraged the replenishment of the soil on the slopes, guaranteeing good water resources for the vineyards, especially during the summer period, when the vegetation was at its peak and the clusters started to darken and ripen. The summer, on the other hand, hot and dry, was characterised by days with record temperatures of over 35°C and a strong temperature range during the night. Tasting Notes: Nipozzano 2012 is ruby coloured with purple reflections. Entry on the nose is floral, clean aromas of sweet violet which prevail over the fruitiness. Then, raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry, accompanied by liquorice scents and spicy notes of Muscat and white pepper. At the end sweet notes of black plum jam and almond candy appear. Entry on the palate is warm and decisive, with tannins readily evident. The texture appears decisive, a typical characteristic of Chianti Rùfina. Long persistence. Aftertaste at the end dominated by floral and spicy notes at the back of the mouth.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/29/2015

Aromas of dark-skinned berry, exotic spice and wildflower lead the nose on this concentrated but refined wine. The intense palate offers layers of ripe black cherry, juicy raspberry, licorice, clove and tobacco alongside firm, velvety tannins. It’s a compelling expression of Chianti Rùfina. Drink 2016–2021.


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Vintage: 2011 07/29/2015

This is elegant, with perfumed aromas of rose, currant, cherry, licorice and spice. Racy and firm, showing fine harmony and a long, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. A bit austere on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.


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Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

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.


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