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.
The year began with a winter characterised by spells of rainfall that were abundant and consistent enough to replenish and guarantee excellent water reserves in the soil. Spring 2013 was characterised by quite peculiar conditions: temperatures were around the average and there was abundant rainfall, but there were reasonably long dry periods between the spells of heavy rain. The heat that truly arrived around mid-July sped up grape ripening processes, which continued with regularity through a summer with temperatures typical for the season and a perfect September that accentuated the differences between day and night temperatures experienced during the summer and permitted very balanced grape ripening. The 2013 vintage wines are elegant and fragrant, with good acidity and reasonable alcohol levels: there is a notable presence and persistence of the olfactory characteristics typical of the vine variety.
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.
Pairs well with meats and meat pasta sauces, poultry and hard cheeses.
GRAPES: 100% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
AGING: 16 months in large Slavonian oak vats; minimum 3 months in bottle
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- A classic, traditional Chianti from the Folonari family, making wine since the 1700s
- Estate bottled, from a highly regarded estate