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Nozzole Chianti Riserva 750ml 2011
Sku: 4096
Crisp, ripe, red berry and cherry fruit flavors and aromas and an acidic note, offset by classic Sangiovese notes of mushrooms and leather. Enjoy with grilled meats, pizza or pasta.
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Product Information
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti Classico
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Type: Still wine
Reg. $22.99
On Sale $19.99
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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.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Round and supple, with cherry and strawberry flavors accented by licorice, tar and spice notes. Harmonious and fresh, presenting a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made.-BS  (Jun 15 2014)

Vinous 90 points - The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva races across the palate with sweet red cherry, plum, spice, mint and mocha. Pliant, generous and resonant on the palate, the 2011 offers lovely immediacy and plenty of intensity in a style best enjoyed over the near term.  (Sep 2014)

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Crisp, ripe, red berry and cherry fruit flavors and aromas and an acidic note, offset by classic Sangiovese notes of mushrooms and leather. Enjoy with grilled meats, pizza or pasta.
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.


Technical notes
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

Producer
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.