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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!

Review | Nipozzano Riserva 2008 WineWhat 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.

Nipozzano Riserva 2008 Wine

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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Castello di Nipozzano ; Review | Nipozzano Riserva 2008 Wine

It all started in 1092 when the Frescobaldi family moved to Florence, Italy. The family wine history actually begins in the 1300s when Berto de’ Frescobaldi bequeaths to his children his rural properties, among them “houses, mills, vineyards, orchards, farms, scattered properties.”  Around 1480’s Castello di Nipozzano had been converted from a fortress into the family residence, it became the main rural town of the surrounding countryside, and the local wines began to flow into the already well-stocked family cellars. The family archives still preserve some parchments containing wine orders from Henry VIII of England! I would love to see those! For over 700 years and 30 generations, commitment to agriculture and to viticulture has always figured prominently among the activities of the Frescobaldi family. Pictured above is the Castello di Nipozzano.

Stay Connected: Visit the Frescobaldi Website to learn more about their wines and the vineyards

Buy It: Nipozzano is available nationwide in both retail stores and restaurants. It’s also available for purchase on

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    April 17, 2012 at 8:51 am

    If you didn’t finish the bottle I’d be more than happy! Although, after this weekend I may be more of a whiskey kinda gal 😉

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      April 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

      That was finished up a long time ago! I was actually going to get you some Moonshine from TN last week. There was a huge store with 10 different flavors and all kinds of salsas and dips!

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