This wine shows crisp, ripe red berry and cherry fruit flavors and aromas sustained by a fresh, acidic note offset by classic Sangiovese notes of earth, mushrooms and leather, with an elegant tannic backbone.
Antonio Galloni 90 points - "Freshly cut flowers, mint, dark red cherries and anise are some of the notes that waft from the glass in the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva. This is one of the more weightless, gracious wines of the vintage. The style is quite soft and supple, but all the fruit is nicely supported by clean veins of mouth-watering acidity."
90 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva shows the distinctive Sangiovese fragrance of dark berries offset by pronounced woodsy notes of leather and earth. These are confirmed on the palate in a full, mellow texture and firm structure underscored by a clean acidic balance. The ripe fruit flavors carry into the aftertaste, with elegant nuances of smoke and mushrooms, ending in a long, full finish promising excellent longevity.
|Wine maker notes
|The predominant variety and the foundation of Chianti is the Sangiovese, and these plantings are complemented by the Canaiolo and Colorino varieties as well as small plots of traditional white Malvasia del Chianti and Trebbiano Toscano vines. Sangiovese lends the wine structure, body, complexity and a distinctive varietal fragrance; Canaiolo and Colorino contribute color and suppleness; Malvasia and Trebbiano highlight nuance and freshness. Beginning in the early 1980s, D.O.C. legislation was gradually modified to reduce the percentage of white varieties required in the blend of Chianti, until in 1995 the requirement was eliminated. Nozzole maintains a relatively traditional policy, with a very slight percentage of white wine in its blend.
Grapes from the best vineyard plots of the estate are hand harvested, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation is initiated on the skins by natural yeasts and takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks over a period of seven days at 21 to 27 C (70 to 80 F); a further maceration period of eight days follows before pressing. The wine then is racked into clean stainless steel and brought to 22 C (72 F) to naturally induce a full malolactic fermentation. It is once again racked into large Slavonian oak vats of 4,000 to 7,000 litres' capacity for two years, with one racking in April following the harvest. A light egg-white fining precedes bottling, with release one year thereafter.
|GRAPE VARIETY: 91% Sangiovese
7% Canaiolo & Colorino
and 2% Trebbiano Toscano &
Malvasia del Chianti
MAXIMUM YIELD: 7,000 kg/ha (+3 tons/acre; 45 hl/ha)
MINIMUM ALCOHOL: 12.5% (Classico Riserva)
TOTAL ACIDITY: .5 - .75%
AGING REQUIREMENTS: 2 years in cask and 1 in bottle
|On land that has supported winegrapes for seven centuries, Tenuta di Nozzole produces wines that respect both tradition and innovation: Chianti Classicos ranging from traditional to fruit-forward, and an IGT Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Located north of the village of Greve at Passo dei Pecorai, the Nozzole estate is located in an impressively rugged mountainous area of melancholy beauty and covers roughly 1,000 acres, of which approximately a third are planted in vines and olive groves. The Folonari family purchased the estate in 1971 from Letizia Rimediotti-Mattioli and her husband, who had been producing wine for the Folonaris on the land for several years.