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.