The Castello di Nipozzano, built in the year 1000 as a defensive fortress, became the center of communal life for the village of Nipozzano. Today the castle houses the wine cellar, where the estate red wines are produced and cask-aged. Castello di Nipozzano also serves as Frescobaldi?s hospitality center and as a site for its fine food and wine initiatives.
The estate lies in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area, covering 626 hectares at elevations between 250 and 400 metres. 240 hectares are planted with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The estate’s soil, rich in clay and limestone, plus the dry, well-ventilated weather together compose the ideal terroir for the production of wines that are elegant, well balanced, and full bodied with firm structures to age well for many years. Those qualities are amply demonstrated by Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG and by the Frescobaldi Montesodi and Frescobaldi Mormoreto crus.
Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG
The most famous wine from the estate is the Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG. This is the definition of the appellation, a classic Chianti R?fina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. In accordance with the DOCG regulations, it is aged 24 months in barrel.
A section of the vineyards on the estate, the Montesodi vineyard, is bottled separately. This could be the most powerful Chianti produced. The first time we tasted this, the 1995 vintage from barrel, we could not believe it was Sangiovese. It was so dark in color and so rich in texture, we thought it was Cabernet. The 2003 vintage is 100% Sangiovese, and spent 18 months in 100% new barrels.
Another section of the estate is also bottled separately, the Mormoreto vineyard, which is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It is a big, serious and richly textured wine with beautiful purity of fruit…truly worthy of the separate bottling. The 2003 vintage is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and spent 24 months in 100% new barrels.