By Kori ~ May 23rd, 2012.
The Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi is one of the most famous wine producers in Italy. Located in Tuscany and comprised of nine estates, the Frescobaldi family has been making wine for over 700 years, spanning 30 generations. They operate 1,000 hectares of vineyards which are divided into nine properties throughout the Chianti region of Tuscany.
The family’s history in the wine industry started around 1300 when Berto de’ Frescobaldi left his properties to his children which included houses, mills, vineyards, orchards, farms, and other various properties. The wine produced on those properties was exported to Flanders and England. During the next 700 years, their wine business grew and flourished. Frescobaldi wines have received numerous accolades from wine publications. Today, many family members continue to be actively involved in the winery.
We recently had the opportunity to taste the current vintage of one of the most well-known wines within the extensive Frescobaldi portfolio, the 2008 Nipozzano Riserva. It is produced at the Castello di Nipozzano. We have enjoyed previous vintages of this wine, and this vintage is another good one.
With a QPR rating of 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5), it is an excellent value that is worth a try if you see it on the shelf at your local wine shop. I look forward to trying it again, this time with food. I think it would be great with pasta dishes or beef stew.
2008 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva (Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG, Italy): 90% Sangiovese and 10% complementary grapes (Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon). Deep, dark ruby red in color and very aromatic. Red Vines, fresh red fruit, earth, and leather come through on the nose; more red cherry, raspberry, and leather on the palate. Medium to full-bodied and lively with medium tannins and a medium to long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $23; Available elsewhere, $16 to $25
Filed under: Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Italian Wine, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Wines Under $25