Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Marchesi de Frescobaldi Riserva Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina 2004 DOCG
©photo 2008 Dave Trieger
Italy • The grapes are 90% Sangiovese with the remainder a mix of Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the original Chianti regions, Rufina. Dark ruby color, 13% alcohol, not very intense on the nose but aromas are cherry and leather with slight tannins and good acidity and spices. The Frescobaldi family has been around since the 11th century and the story goes Michelangelo exchanged paintings for wine. Pairs well with roasted meats and aged cheeses. This red wine is #57 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 list for 2007 and received a 91 rating for the 2004 vintage ... that being said, a $15-20 price tag is not a bad deal at all.