2017 Chianti Rufina Riserva, Nipozzano Vecchie Viti, Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy
This wine has been selected by the Frescobaldi family to continue the tradition of reserving a Private Collection for its new productions. It originates from the oldest vines of Castello Nipozzano, which have a deep root structure. This highly complex, harmonious wine is matured for 24 months in oak barrels in accordance with the ancient Tuscan tradition.
Vecchie Viti 2017 has a beautifully intense and radiant ruby-red colour. The nose has the bold character typical of this vintage. Among the main descriptors, fruity notes begin with red and black berries, including raspberry, wild strawberry, black cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry. These are supported by sweet vanilla and rounded off with balsamic notes. There are also slight hints of pepper and cinnamon. The palate is well-rounded and sumptuously elegant; the alcohol and acidic content balance out perfectly. The tannins are smooth and well integrated. The after-taste is fruity with a hint of juniper berry. The mineral finish is long and juicy
Sangiovese 85%, Colorino 7%, Canaiolo 5%, Malvasia Nera 3%.
Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians. 13.5% ABV.
James Suckling: 93 Points