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Castello Di Nipozzano Chianti Rùfina Riserva 2014

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"Always outstanding." James Suckling

Situated in the heart of Rùfina, one of the traditional areas of Chianti (and one of the smallest and most elevated), the ancient castle of Nipozzano overlooks the Arno valley from its elevated position on the mountain slopes.

The perfect terroir of Nipozzano has created renowned wines since the Renaissance, when great artists such as Donatello regularly purchased wine from the estate.

Today it is the most celebrated and historic property of the Frescobaldi family, one of Italy's greatest wine producers and the Chianti produced here remains in the very top wines of the area.

Rated 'Best Chianti' by the celebrated Mundus Vini competition, this 2014 showcases everything that makes Chianti such a renowned region and such a lovely wine - notes of fruit, spice and herbs, a bright, fresh acidity and a savoury complexity that makes it the perfect match for drinking with food.

About the wine

Nipozzano 2014 is a brilliant, clear scarlet red. An opulent, complex and intense wine with a floral bouquet complemented by wild berry aromas of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry, it is given added complexity by toasted notes of spice, nutmeg and tea. In the mouth the wine is warm, soft and quite fresh with fine, smooth tannins. Nipozzano 2014 is elegant and enveloping, with a well-balanced, harmonious structure and a long and persistent finish.

A blend of 90% Sangiovese with 10% complementary grapes: Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each variety was fermented separately at controlled temperatures of 30°C, which lasted for 13 days. The grapes were macerated on the skins for 25 days, with frequent pumping over, to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins.

The wine went through malolactic fermentation immediately after fermentation was complete.  A proportion of the wine was matured in second and third use barriques for 24 months before three months bottle ageing.

Appellation: Chianti Rùfina Riserva DOCG

- 90pts, James Suckling
- Gold Medal & Best Chianti, Mundus Vini 2017
- 3.8/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Castello di Nippozzano vineyards
Cooperage: 24 months, partially in wood
ABV: 13%
Drink: 2017-2020

About the winery

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest estates and one of the most significant wine producers in Italy. For 700 years the Frescobaldi family have combined tradition, experience and innovation with creativity and the pursuit of excellence.

The family has always looked to develop and celebrate the diversity of Tuscany’s terroir. Being proud owners of some of the greatest vineyards in this region they have always sought to maintain the identity and autonomy of each property. Frescobaldi represents the true diversity of Tuscany and its six estates, Nipozzano, CastelGiocondo, Pomino, Ammiraglia, Castiglioni and Remole, are all located in the most suitable areas for the production of fine wines. True Tuscan legends such as Ornellaia & Masseto are also part of the Frescobaldi Group.

About the vineyards

The vineyards of Nipozzano are found approximately 20 miles to the east of Florence. Located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rùfina territory, the vines are grown on a hillside that overlooks the valley and the river Arno. The balance of altitude, soil type and a cool ventilated microclimate provides excellent conditions for perfect growth and produces wines of harmonious character and great longevity



90 Points - James Suckling
A layered and rich red with chocolate, berry and walnut character. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Always outstanding."


Gold Medal & 'Best Chianti' - Mundus Vini 2017 

" Approachable, smooth and balanced. Dried crush red fruit, black pepper, vanilla and some cedar. Nice level of acidty for food and a dry finish. Great value 4/5 Stars

"Well balanced acidity, fruit especially cherries. Soft tannins, medium body, still young. Would decant, nice finish 4.5/5 Stars

"Wonderful Chianti. Smooth with a rich finish but not overbearing." 4/5 Stars



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"Always outstanding" Acclaimed Chianti Riserva from one of Italy's greatest names
Gold Medal, 'Best Chianti' from the famous Frescobaldi family
"A layered and rich red with chocolate, berry and walnut character. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Always outstanding." James Suckling
Gold Medal & 'Best Chianti' Mundus Vini 2017
Situated in the heart of Rùfina, one of the traditional areas of Chianti, the ancient castle of Nipozzano is the most celebrated and historic property of the Frescobaldi family - one of Italy's greatest wine producers. Rated 'Best Chianti' by the cel
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