Wine Review – Nipozzano Riserva 2008
My neighbor invited me over for dinner and when she told me she was making steak, I brought this over thinking it would be a perfect compliment to the meal.
Once we opened the bottle we were greeted with a rich and spicy aroma. We chose to drink this at room temperature and it was very smooth. It's pretty dry, which I used to think I didn't like, but this has such a sophisticated taste that I barely even noticed.
This wine came to me with an insert containing some very interesting information. This Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello di Nipozzano. Their spring for 2008 was one of the rainiest of the last few decades, with temperatures dipping well below average. Rain and wind in June, right during the bloom period, led to less than optimal fruit set; the clusters showed smaller-sized grapes. In July and August, however, generous sunlight and warm temperatures in Tuscany partially remedied the slow development. The summer months, including September, were sunny and hot, and sufficient reserves of water in the soil helped ensure ideal ripeness levels across all grape varieties. This mild, sunny weather continued through the harvest period; the absence of rain (it rained only once during harvest) meant that the cellars were able to carry out operations with ease.
Despite all the crazy changes in weather we are experiencing across the globe, these grapes managed to produce a very hearty, bold and delicious wine.
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