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I was recently sent a bottle of Nipozzano Riserva 2008 Wine, the ‘Wine of the Year’. Like I have said in my previous wine reviews, I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, I just know what I like. I have never heard or tried this brand before which is surprising since they have been around for over 700 years!
What makes 2008 such a great year?
The 2008 spring will be remembered as the rainiest of the last few decades, with temperatures dipping well below average. Rain and wind in June, right during the bloom period, led to less than optimal fruit set; the clusters showed smaller-sized grapes. In July and August, however, generous sunlight and warm temperatures in Tuscany partially remedied the slow development. The summer months, including September, were sunny and hot, and sufficient reserves of water in the soil helped ensure ideal ripeness levels across all grape varieties. This mild, sunny weather continued through the harvest period; the absence of rain (it rained only one day during harvest) meant that the cellars were able to carry out operations with ease.
My Thoughts: I loved this wine! I am more of a white wine drinker while my husband is red but this tasted great. It had a very smooth finish. I was able to drink more glasses than usual with this red wine. I would definitely get it again or give it as a gift.
Winemaker Notes: Nipozzano Riserva 2008 greets the eye with a deep purplish-red color. The nose is remarkably rich and multi-faceted, showing cleanly-delineated aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, and dried plum, lifted in turn by spicier impressions of black pepper, vanilla, cocoa powder, and espresso beans. Warm alcohol complements its smooth overall texture in the mouth, and a clean, vibrant acidity and silky, well-integrated tannins contribute to an impressive elegance. An almost-endless finish, with abundant aromatic fruit, completes a harmonious, well-balanced wine.
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Buy It: Nipozzano is available nationwide in both retail stores and restaurants. It’s also available for purchase on Wines.com.