2016 Chianti Rufina Riserva, Nipozzano, Frescobaldi

Vintage Description

The 2016 season at Castello Nipozzano was a splendid vintage. Spring arrived slightly
late and was cool, marked by abundant precipitation, especially during the
flowering period. Conversely the summer was mild, with very little rainfall from the end
of June until harvest. August enjoyed high temperatures and was sunny on the
whole, leading to the harvest of ripe, good quality fruit.

The fruit was harvested at the beginning of September and the berries were carefully
sorted. The grapes were destemmed and fermentation took place with natural
yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Post fermentation maceration
lasted for 22 days at 26°C to extract aromas, colour and structure; followed by
malolactic fermentation. At the end of the year, the wine was transferred into
barriques of second and third passage, where it was aged for a further 24 months,
followed by further bottle ageing.


Tasting Notes

Nipozzano 2016 boasts the characteristics of this superb vintage with strength and finesse. Red berries and notes of ripe citrus fruit are complemented by elegant notes of violet and delicate spice. The palate expresses itself with an intriguing, harmonious complexity, with a full and persistent finish. Sangiovese 90%, Malvasia Nera 4%, Cabernet Sauvignon 2%, Colorino 2%, Merlot 2%


Vineyard Information

Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an
aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is
now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the
traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated
Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th century castle is located in the heart of the
prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back
to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a
wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity. Gambero Rosso awarded
Frescobaldi with the prestigious 'Tre Bicchieri Winery of the Year Award 2020', in
recognition of its uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation.

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


Colour Red Origin Italy
Region Italy Red ABV 13.00%
Drink From 2020 Drink To 2026
Everyday drinking, Special occasion, Fine Wine, Vegan, Vegetarian