Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
Located north of the village of Greve in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, the Nozzole estate covers a striking, rugged, mountainous area of about 1,000 acres at 300 meters in elevation. In order to obtain concentration and complexity in the wine, yields are kept low. The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation is initiated on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by a maceration period to draw out color and tannins. The wine is racked into stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation before aging in oak for 16 months and 3 months in bottle before release. The wine is bottled on the estate.
Wine SpectatorBlack cherry, blackberry and dark plum fruit is allied to a muscular frame, with dense tannins. Tobacco, rosemary, thyme and tar notes play supporting roles as this builds to a long finish.
International Wine CellarThe 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva is a lovely showing, which offers inviting aromatics of cherries, blackberries, leather, spices and hints of licorice all taking shape in the glass. On the palate this is full, round and plush, with remarkable balance and depth. The finish is long and expressive with cherries and spices lingering on. A complete success in this vintage from Tenuta di Nozzole.