Grapes: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
La Forra Riserva is produced as a single-vineyard Chianti only in exceptional vintages. Only the finest Sangiovese grapes are selected for this wine, from Nozzole’s 200 acres of vineyards in the Chianti Classico zone between Florence and Siena. La Forra is among the estate’s finest parcels, with 35-year-old vines on a south-facing slope at 300 meters in elevation. Grapes were manually harvested, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation was on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and maceration on the lees took 15 days, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged 16 months in French oak barrels, with a minimum of 6 months in bottle.
Tasting Panel2013 vintage
2013 was an outstanding year for wine in Tuscany. A relatively cool vintage, especially in August, resulted in long, slow ripening, which produced fresh acidity levels and supported tannin maturation without excessive sugar levels. “Thanks to good [vineyard] management, the result was outstanding,” said Giovanni Folonari. “All the grapes were in perfect shape and great balance. Although it’s still early for a precise judgment, this year looks like one of the best years since 2001.”
Crisp, ripe, red berry and cherry aromas are shaped by vibrant, fresh acidity. In the mouth, flavors show classic Sangiovese notes of earth, mushrooms and leather, with a backbone of firm yet elegant tannins.
Impressive concentration and depth, with blackberry and red cherry aromas and flavors set in a beautiful Chianti acidity and elegant tannic structure.
GRAPES: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
ACIDITY: 5.27 g/l
AGING: Matured for 16 months in oak barrels for increased complexity
points of distinction
- A single-vineyard Chianti Classico produced only in exceptional vintages
vineyard details +
La Forra Vineyard
Both La Forra and the Chianti Classico Riserva are produced from the superb La Forra parcel, the estate’s finest vineyard, situated on a southerly-exposed slope at an altitude of 900 feet. The single-vineyard wine La Forra is made only in exceptional vintages.
about the grape +
Sangiovese has aromas of black cherries with alluring wood, smoke, tar and herbal notes. The best wines made from this grape have incredible complexity, depth, finesse and power.
On land that has supported winegrapes for seven centuries, Tenuta di Nozzole produces wines that respect both tradition and innovation.