July 24, 2009

Some Old World Love-2005 Frescobaldi Chianit Nipozzano Reserva

Here's something you wont ever find on the back label of any new world wine" "This estate was founded in the 11th Century." As the Frescobaldi website exclaims "700 years of Tuscany in a glass." I ruminated over that fact while enjoying a couple of glasses of this fine little Chianti last night. 700 years ago....hmmm...Here's your quick history lesson for the week.

This 2005 Nippozanno was #76 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 for 2007. That doesn'tmean much to me as the WS Top 100 seems to feature a lot of the brands that advertise in the mag, but I digress. My note on this wine from last night: Black cherry and leather on the nose. Palate features sour cherry, licorice and dry chewy tannins. Finishes with a slightly persistent heat and earth notes. Nice match with the spinach and olive pizza. Not overly complex, but a decent value at $18-$20. Maybe some upside, too.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds right in line with what I remember as being the typical profile of this wine. I wish there were more examples of the satellite Chiantis, since all I ever seem to find are the basic DOCG and the Classicos.