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Nipozzano - 2012

VINTAGE

Denomination

Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG

Description

Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello Nipozzano. This wine always retains its close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir.

Vintage Report

Winter 2012 was characterised by cold temperatures reaching below zero in January. In February there was abundant snowfall. The cool spring, with rainy episodes well spread over the season, encouraged the replenishment of the soil on the slopes, guaranteeing good water resources for the vineyards, especially during the summer period, when the vegetation was at its peak and the clusters started to darken and ripen. The summer, on the other hand, hot and dry, was characterised by days with record temperatures of over 35°C and a strong temperature range during the night.

Awards

  • JamesSuckling.Com92 Points
  • Wine Spectator89 Points
  • Nipozzano

    Terroir and environmental conditions

    Estate and vineyard location: Chianti Rùfina area where is located Castello Nipozzano

    Technical Information

    Variety Sangiovese and complementary grapes (Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon)
    Alcohol by volume 13%
    Length of maceration on the skins 25 days, with frequent reassembly
    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
    Bottle formats 0,375 lt., 0,75 lt, 1,5 lt., 3lt
    Nipozzano

    Tasting Notes

    Nipozzano 2012 is ruby coloured with purple reflections. Entry on the nose is floral, clean aromas of sweet violet which prevail over the fruitiness. Then, raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry, accompanied by liquorice scents and spicy notes of Muscat and white pepper. At the end sweet notes of black plum jam and almond candy appear. Entry on the palate is warm and decisive, with tannins readily evident. The texture appears decisive, a typical characteristic of Chianti Rùfina. Long persistence. Aftertaste at the end dominated by floral and spicy notes at the back of the mouth.

    Serving suggestions

    Barbecued meat and beef stews, aged cheeses

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