By Stef Schwalb
Sometimes we stumble across a wine we love so much that we just have to share it with you. Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi’s Nipozzano Reserva 2007, awarded a “Wine of the Year” distinction by Wine Enthusiast magazine and 91 points by Wine Spectator, is one of those selections.
Chianti is a wine-growing area in Italy that cultivates some extraordinary reds, which are made from the Sangiovese grape. Within that area there are seven regions, and the Castello di Nipozzano vineyards, where this wine was produced, are located in Chianti Rufina. The estate is surrounded by forest and features plenty of biodiversity that helps cultivate healthy soil and growth for the grapes planted there. The 2007 harvest was an excellent one, the result of a positive growing season.
Nipozzano Reserva 2007 is a deep, purple-edged ruby red color. Initial notes on the nose showcase wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, and dark cherry. As the wine opens up, additional hints of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon may also be detected, which gives the wine a nice bit of spice on the palate. The finish lingers with a touch of black pepper and a bit of cocoa powder. The wine is balanced with moderate tannins and acidity. Among foods that pair well with it are barbecued meat, beef stews, and aged cheeses, such as Grana Padano Riserva and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
For more information on Nipozzano Reserva 2007, other selections in the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi portfolio, and where you can find them Stateside, check out http://www.frescobaldi.it.