Eye - Medium to deep purple colour with a hint of brickred at the rim.
Nose - Really ripe on the nose with classic Sangiovese aromas of black cherry stone, blackberry, pepper, leather and above all a herbal, oregano edge. Also some new oak from the aging. Fine yet complex.
Palate - The palate is supple and smooth on the attack, velvety and fruity with redcurrant jam and strawberry. It then fills out in the mid-palate and finishes with all the herbal elegance of top Sangiovese overlain with a touch of new oak. Creamy and long
James Suckling 91 points - The 2010 Chianti Rufina Riserva Vigneto Montesodi never seems to come together in the glass. It shows good persistence, the oak regime appears to have overpowered fruit, leaving the finish with an awkward sense of dryness.
Well-marked by new oak, this cherry-flavored red is accented by vanilla, resin and spice. Fresh and balanced, with firm, ripe tannins standing guard on the finish. Needs a few years to come together. Best from 2016 through 2024. 250 cases imported.-BS
It appears a deep, purple-edged ruby red, of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundedness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony.
"From Frescobaldi’s gorgeous Nipozzano estate, this Riserva Sangiovese (with small percentages of Malvasia Nera, Cabernet and Merlot for extra density and intensity) opens with impressive generosity and personality. It offers lingering flavors of cherry, chocolate and dark spice."
"A burly Rufina, with dried dark fruits, chewy tannins and a dark chocolate and mineral aftertaste. Full and satisfying. Always the fresh acidity in the back palate. A go-to Chianti. Drink now.
#65 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010"
"90% sangiovese, the rest colorino, malvasia nera, cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Deep violet-ruby. Fresh, fruity aromas of red cherry, blueberry and blackberry, with hints of underbrush and minerals; much less spicy, tarry and dark than some other recent vintages of this wine. Then bright and fresh in the mouth, with red cherry, plum and mineral flavors. Finishes smoothly tannic, polite and persistent. One of the better young Nipozzano vintages I recall: this really does remind you of the higher-altitude, cooler Rufina zone."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2007 Chianti Rufina Riserva shows the open, opulent personality that makes this vintage so alluring. Ripe, silky tannins frame a core of red fruits, flowers and spices, all of which come together with unsual grace. Though medium in body, there is wonderful generosity to the fruit, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015. "
The Wine Advocate
|Offers plummy fruit, with hints of flowers, citrus and light chocolate. Medium-bodied, with a balanced and tasty palate, fine tannins and a clean finish. Structured. Best after 2009. 83,000 cases made. –JS The #76 in 2008 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine Spectator 90 points (Oct 31 2008)
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