Tenuta di Nozzole, Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy, 2018
Overview of the Wine This farm, purchased by the Folonari family in 1971, dates back to 1300 and has 385 hectares of land, 90 of which are used for specialised vineyard cultivation and 15 of which are used for olive groves.
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 vats and in bottle before release. The wine is bottled on the estate.
Tuscany experienced a fairly frigid winter, in absence of snow and rains below average. The vegetative growth has been anticipated by a surprising spring, very hot and untimely. Given the hot temperatures, the flowering took place quickly and without interference. The season continued with high temperatures for some periods of the summer, alternating some rains. The vineyards, which enjoy a good maturity and an excellent balance during all the phases of the year, well endured the dry season. Sangiovese, which could be prone to damage caused by drought, did not suffer thanks to irrigations, taking water from the two lakes inside the estate. September started with sunny days alternated with some rains which brought to a very good technological and phenolic maturity which was able to guarantee structured and elegant wines, faithful expression of the vintage.
Grape / Blend 100% Sangiovese
Origin Tuscany, Italy
Winemaker's Tasting Notes Crisp, ripe, red berry and cherry aromas and flavors and earthy undernotes are shaped by vibrant, fresh acidity and a backbone of firm yet elegant tannins.
93 Points - James Suckling Rich and aromatic on the nose with sour cherries, light hazelnuts and dried fruit. Full-bodied and very rich with lots of fruit and layers of chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Give it some time to soften and open. Try after 2023.
91 Points - Wine Spectator Ripe and silky, this red reveals cherry, raspberry, floral and woodsy underbrush aromas and flavors. Firm and fluid, with a lingering, juicy finish. Drink now through 2028