Nozzole estate consists of 1,000 acres of vineyards at 300 meters in elevation in the Chianti Classico zone. In order to obtain concentration and complexity in the wine, yields are kept low. The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation was initiated on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and maceration lasted 15-20 days. The wine was racked into stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation before aging for 16 months in large Slavonian oak vats followed by a minimum of 3 months in bottle before release.

94 Points
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2016 vintage
92 Points
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The growing season began with cool, wet weather. The flowering was generally good, but cooler than normal temperatures affected fertility in some cases, reducing yields slightly. In July, the weather turned hot and dry, with one rainfall mid-August relieving the stress on the vines. Picking for Merlot started at the end of August, and the dry weather prevented the skins from ripening perfectly. The late-ripening Sangiovese, however, took advantage of 2 inches of rain mid-September, followed by beautiful weather with good swings in temperature between day and night.
Tasting Note
Cherry and violet aromas, persistent and rounded flavors of spices and mushroom. Great structure with elegant finesse.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with meats and meat pasta sauces, poultry and hard cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
PH: 3.5
ACIDITY: 5.1 g/l
ABV: 13.50%
AGING: 24 months in oak barrels and 3 months in bottle
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.6 g/l
Unique Selling Points
  • A classic, traditional Chianti from the Folonari family, making wine since the 1700s
  • Matured in oak barrels
  • Estate bottled, from a highly regarded estate

About the Grape

Sangiovese
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.
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