2006 Frescobaldi "Nipozzano" Chianti Rufina Riserva
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.
The Castello di Nipozzano was built in 1000 in the heart of the Chianti Rufina zone as a fortress. Fortunately for us, its defensive intentions are no longer necessary, and today it is used as the cellar where the Nipozzano wines are made and aged. The rich clay and limestone-rich soils, combined with the dry climate, make for full-bodied, structured fruit, which in turn produce wines that are decidedly age-worthy. Black cherry, plum and raspberry aromas are punctuated by hints of violet and vanilla that make the nose of this wine quite exotic. The wine is very dense on the palate with lyouthful tannins and lots of dark fruit and savory herbs. (K&L Wine Merchants) Very ripe black fruit aromas, with undertones of fresh licorice, stony minerals and dried herbs. Great palate entry. Full-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a long licorice finish. Will cellar well 5-10 years. (Clyde Beffa Jr, K&L Wine Merchants)