2008 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva
Fresh plums and blueberries, with dark chocolate. Subtle aromas. Full body, with round and soft tannins and a long rich finish. A little chewy now. Better in 2012.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
A svelte red highlighted by pure black currant and violet flavors. Medium-bodied, matching elegance with intensity. Shows fine length. Drink now through 2016. (Web-2012)
The Vancouver Sun: "This wine has proven it can age effortlessly so enjoy its spicy, black licorice, meaty, peppery, black cherry nose but give some time to really impress. On the palate you will note a sense of freshness and elegance along with smoky, meaty, tobacco, prune, peppery, black cherry, orange peel and dried fig flavours. Fine intensity you can enjoy now with beef dishes or mushroom risotto, or wait five to seven years for it to mellow out." (2/15/2013)