This is a great Chianti at this price point (about $16-$18) and quite consistent as well. The Nipozzano has topped many a critics wine lists in recent vintages (including a spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100) — and is something I almost every year. Rich and structured, this bold Chianti Rufina is a can’t miss value. Sangiovese 90%, with Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon — great notes of cherry, plum with some forest floor — nice weight and acidity, soft tannins with nice fruit and finish.
Wine Spectator, 91 points
“Very aromatic, offering bright blackberry and light vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with vibrant fruit, fine tannins and a clean, crisp, fruity finish.”
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, 88 points
“Fairly dark ruby. Subdued but pure nose hints at spicy plum, ink, coffee and sweet underbrush. A saline quality and a peppery nuance add to this wine’s overall flavor interest. Boasts a rather seamless texture and suave tannins and finishes moderately long if not yet particularly complex. Needs a little bottle aging to show all it’s got.”