Nipozzano Chianti Ruffina, 2009

Nipozzano Marchesi de Frescobaldi, DOCG Chianti Rufina Riserva, Tuscany, Italy, 2009

Sangiovese; cork closure, 13.5% abv, widely available at about £18.

South to south-west exposure at up to 400m altitude, with hot summer days and cool nights, accounting for the acidity and slow ripening contributing to complex aroma and flavour pre-cursors.

Wine making notes  – fermented in stainless steel vats at <30°C for 2 weeks, then macerated on the skins for 25 days, then MLF.  Maturation in 2nd and 3rd use barriques for 24 months, and then 3 months in bottle.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears.

Nose – clean on the nose, with pronounced intensity, developing with aromas of sweet black cherry and black berry with a hint of black olive, savoury and woody notes

Palate – a dry wine with medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of  ripe  black berry and black currant, then red cherry, a savoury note and violets on the finish.  A medium (+) length and a clean gummy finish.

Quality – a good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol which are harmonious with the intensity of flavour;  a good concentration of a modest range of flavours; the tannins are a little strident, indicating a wine for food – with lots of tomato; a good length. A wine to keep and develop over 3-5 years.

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