Complex chiantis from Nipozzano: strong ties to their Tuscan terroir

Historic wines produced at Castello Nipozzano, about 35km northeast of Florence, are proud symbols of Tuscany’s wine making traditions due to their complexity and strong ties to their fabled terroir.

Nipozzano Riserva 2014 (SRP $20) Nipozzano 2014 is a brilliant, clear scarlet red. The nose is complex and intense with prevalent flower and mixed berry scents of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry followed by spiced and toasted notes of tea, nutmeg and coffee. In the mouth the wine is warm, soft and quite fresh. Nipozzano 2014 is elegant and enveloping, with fine tannins that are well balanced in the wine’s structure and a long and persistent finish. This wine will only get better and better after a decade or two of cellaring.

Nipozzano Vecchie Viti 2013 (SRP $30) Nipozzano Vecchie Viti is an intense ruby red that introduces a bouquet of floral bergamot and orange balanced with spiced scents of coffee powder and jasmine tea. When tasted it is balanced, complex, fresh and persistent. The soft tannins blend well with the body resulting in a wine that is silky and harmonious. Raspberries and a light licorice note joined by juniper berries leave a distinctive finish. Good structure and acidity make for a juicy, robust, vibrant Chianti Reserva that’s ready for more cellar aging.

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