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Marchesi de Frescobaldi - Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2015


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Tuscany
  • Wine Area: Chianti, Rufina
  • Wine Maker: Lamberto Frescobaldi
  • Grape: Sangiovese
  • Grape Percentage: 90% Sangiovese and Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2016
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Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2013) VS: 88 (2013) WS: 88 (2014) JS: 93 (2015) WE: 91 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Nipozzano Riserva 2008 greets the eye with a deep purplish red color. The nose is remarkably rich and multi-faceted, showing cleanly-delineated aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, and dried plum, lifted in turn by spicier impressions of black pepper, vanilla, cocoa powder, and espresso beans. A warm alcohol complements its smooth overall texture in the mouth, and a clean, vibrant acidity and silky, well-integrated tannins contribute to an impressive elegance. An almost-endless finish, with abundant aromatic fruit, completes a harmonious, well-balanced wine.

Winery Information

Marchesi de Frescobaldi

The Frescobaldi family have been producing wines for over 700 years - and exporting for nearly 500 years. They first shipped wine to England in 1517. Their first customer was King Henry VIII. The family are major vineyard owners, with a great reputation for producing the highest quality wines. They own much of the best vine-growing land in Tuscany. The three most prestigious Frescobaldi estates are Castel Giocondo in Montalcino, Castello di Nipozzano in Chianti Rufina and Castiglioni in.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)91 pts

Oct 2016 - The 2013 Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano is a soft and supple red wine that proudly displays its winemaking pedigree. There are no rough edges here. Instead, this wine offers a seamless link of red cherry, spice and toasted nut aromas. The mouthfeel is on the lean side, but the wine is immediately approachable and easy to pair with any kind of grilled meat dish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)88 pts

Frescobaldi's 2013 Nipozzano Riserva is a tasty, budget-friendly Sangiovese-based red. A rush of red cherry, plum, tobacco, smoke and licorice give the 2013 its succulent, inviting personality. Drink it over the next few years.

Wine Spectator (2014)88 pts

A balanced, expressive red, offering cherry, leather, earth, wild herb and tobacco aromas and flavors. The tannins are assertive, so decant now or age for a few years.

James Suckling (2015)93 pts

This is very perfumed and fruity with blue fruits such as blackberries and blueberries. Fresh flowers, too. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh, driven finish. Shows definition and length for the appellation.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)91 pts

Fresh and fragrant, this racy red has enticing woodland berry and violet scents and an earthy whiff of new leather. The lithe, elegant palate offers juicy red cherry, crushed red raspberry, cinnamon and star anise flavors framed by polished tannins and vibrant acidity. An outstanding performance for a cool, difficult vintage. Enjoy 2019–2024.

Vinification Notes

Fermentation Vats : Stainless steel vats, keeping the different varieties separated. Fermentation Temperature : <30°C (86° Fahrenheit). Length of Fermentation : 13 days. Length of Maceration on the skins : 25 days. Malolactic Fermentation : Immediately after the alcoholic fermentation. Maturation Method : Second and third passage barriques. Length of Maturation : 24 months in barriques and 3 months in bottle.