Castello Nipozzano, Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Availability:13 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
Further stock available in 5-10 days
Product Code: ITTU1161B18S

Awarded 16 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages ( - reviewer Tamlyn Currin MW - in October 2021 (see blue link below).

Castello Nipozzano, Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018 - October 2021 review

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter ( in their November 2021 article Regional Profile of Chianti Rúfina (see blue link below for the review).

Castello Nipozzano, Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018 - November 2021 Decanter review

Click here for our video tasting of this wine (combined with one of/for a 95-pt Super-Tuscan).


Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity. Gambero Rosso awarded Frescobaldi with the prestigious Tre Bicchieri Winery of the Year Award 2020, in recognition of its uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation.

The vineyards of Nipozzano are situated approximately 20 miles to the east of Florence. Located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina territory, the vines are grown on a hillside that overlooks the valley and the River Arno. The combination of altitude, soil type and a cool ventilated microclimate provides excellent conditions for perfect growth and produces wines of harmonious character and great longevity.

The fruit was harvested at the beginning of September and the berries were carefully sorted. The grapes were destemmed and fermentation took place with natural yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Post fermentation maceration lasted for 22 days at 26°C to extract aromas, colour and structure; followed by malolactic conversion. At the end of the year, the wine was transferred into barriques of second and third use, where it was aged for a further 24 months, followed by further bottle ageing.

Sangiovese 90%, other permitted varieties 10%.

For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Castello Nipozzano, Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018 - fiche technique

Nipozzano 2018 boasts the characteristics of this superb vintage with strength and finesse. Red berries and notes of ripe citrus fruit are complemented by elegant notes of violet and delicate spice. The palate expresses itself with an intriguing, harmonious complexity, with a full and persistent finish.