Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 1999
The bouquet possesses fragrances of blueberries, blackberries and cherries which are enhanced by hints of vanilla spices.
On the palate, this wine shows an enveloping yet not oppressive body while its acidic component is refreshing and at the same time enhances its great structure . The tannins are well integrated while the finish is long and persistent.
Sangiovese 90%, with complementary red varieties according to appellation's regulations (Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon).
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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.