2006 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Vintage: 2006
Producer: Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi
Variety: Sangiovese (Blend)
Designation: Nipozzano Riserva
Region: Italy
Sub-region: Chianti Rùfina, Chianti, Tuscany
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $25 (BC LDB), $25 (EW), $26 (Marquis)

He says: Given time to breathe in the glass, this wine developed into a beautiful expression of the Sangiovese grape, with the characteristic sour cherry and earthen aromas. A well-structured wine with strong acidity and finely-balanced tannins make this a great match for tomato-based Italian dishes or a take-out pizza. It’s taken a step back in complexity from last year’s vintage, but it’s still a great, affordable Chianti.

She says: Not knowing which Chianti’s were in the mix, I was surprised when the Nipozzano was revealed. The 2005 vintage of this wine was a favourite of mine last winter. Whilst it was the better of the two in this tasting, it appears to be developing at a slower rate than the 2005 which was drinking beautifully this time last year. Still a great value Chianti but the layers of flavour development were just not quite there yet. A perfect example of the difference one year can make!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med ruby
Smells like: Developing, med int, red cherry, earthy, barnyard, mushrooms, meaty, leather
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acid, med body, med intensity, med tannins, med+ alcohol, sour cherry, earthy, tart black fruit, med length
Summary: Good, Ready to drink/can develop further

2 comments to 2006 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

  • Marcus Aurelius

    Interesting comments in regards to comparing 2006 vs 2005, as most wine critics feel 2006 was a much better vintage than 2005 for the Chianti and Chianti Classico region. Maybe the 2006 just needs some more time in the bottle to develop. Difference between the 2006 and 2005 of this wine may also show that vintage alone does not determine the quality of what is in the bottle.

    I am also a fan of this producer. Complexity may not be off the charts, but it usually provides a good example of Sangiovese at a respectable price.

    • WCVR

      Vintage guides are great, except when they’re not… right?

      Ya, we’re a bit puzzled about this too. Been looking at the official tasting notes trying to reconcile what we’ve found between 2005 & 2006. Looks like they also ranked 2005 as being a bit fuller bodied, with more finishing complexity of flavour.

      We really need to get a 05/06 and taste them side-by-side. Unfortunately, at $25, these bottles were easily consumed with our bi-weekly Italian dishes and our 05′s are long gone.

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