Ripe, refined cherry and red berry fruit underscored by distinct impressions of mushrooms, leather and anise lead into this wine`s elegantly textured palate, set in a structure of finely tuned tannins and fresh acidity
Wine Spectator 90 points - Ripe, with black cherry and plum flavors, this red displays spice, leather and tobacco notes. Dense and monolithic today, showing fruit and structure underneath. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2027. 1,000 cases made.
(Oct 31 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, a third of which is vines and olive groves. Vigneto La Forra Riserva is produced as a single-vineyard Chianti Classico 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 are manually harvested, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation is on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by maceration on the lees and malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in oak and in bottle before release.
|Wine maker notes
|Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation is initiated on the skins by natural yeasts and takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks over a period of seven days at 21 to 27 C (70 to 80 F); a further maceration period of 15 days follows before pressing. The wine then is racked into clean stainless steel and brought to 22 C (72 F) to naturally induce a full malolactic fermentation. Following a period of four to six months in French barriques of two to three years' use, the wine is racked into large Slavonian oak vats of 4,000 to 7,000 litres' capacity for 24 to 30 months. A light egg-white fining precedes bottling.
|GRAPE VARIETY: 91% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo
and 2% Malvasia del Chianti
MAXIMUM YIELD: 7,000 kg/ha (+3 tons/acre; 45 hl/ha)
MINIMUM ALCOHOL: 12.5% (Classico Riserva)
TOTAL ACIDITY: .05%
AGING REQUIREMENTS: 2 years in cask and 1 in bottle
|This wine pairs very well with all types of meats, fowl and cheeses.
|On land that has supported winegrapes for seven centuries, Tenuta di Nozzole produces wines that respect both tradition and innovation: Chianti Classicos ranging from traditional to fruit-forward, and an IGT Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Located north of the village of Greve at Passo dei Pecorai, the Nozzole estate is located in an impressively rugged mountainous area of melancholy beauty and covers roughly 1,000 acres, of which approximately a third are planted in vines and olive groves. The Folonari family purchased the estate in 1971 from Letizia Rimediotti-Mattioli and her husband, who had been producing wine for the Folonaris on the land for several years.