Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG, 2008, Tuscany, Italy

I must admit that I wasn’t always a fan of Chianti, but all that changed on my first trip to Italy. I think that’s usually how it happens; it’s not until you get to understand the masters behind something, do you truly get to appreciate it.  While exploring wines in Italy, I began to understand that because of the huge flexibility in how Chianti wine makers can blend the required varietals, delving into a new bottle of Chianti could very well be a new experience, each and every time.

Chianti’s are made up of Sangiovese (at least 75% and some are made from only this varietal), and up to 20% of, really, any approved red varietal.  The wine we’re talking about today, for example, is a bled of 90% Sangiovese, and 10% altre (Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon).  Now, do you get an idea of how different one Chianti can taste over another, and we haven’t even discussed classifications, such as Chianti  Superiore, etc….

The Wine

On colour, theNipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG holds a deep and intense, ruby red hue and on the nose, it carries scents of vanilla, spice, tobacco and a robust fruit like blend.  On the palate, you’ll be impressed by the wines long finish and complexity, as you note not only the smooth tannic feel, but also tastes of plum, cherry, raspberry and some anise. This is a superb Chianti that can be drank, and enjoyed on its own, even though I paired it with braised short ribs and friends.

This wine retails in the LCBO for $21.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.5/5