(2007 Vintage) Eye - Medium to deep purple colour with a hint of brick red at the rim. Nose - Really ripe on the nose with classic Sangiovese aromas of black cherry stone, blackberry, pepper, leather and above all a herbal, oregano edge. Also some new oak from the aging. Fine yet complex. Palate - The palate is supple and smooth on the attack, velvety and fruity with redcurrant jam and strawberry. It then fills out in the mid-palate and finishes with all the herbal elegance of top Sangiovese overlain with a touch of new oak. Creamy and long
90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate August 2010 The 2007 Chianti Rufina Riserva shows the open, opulent personality that makes this vintage so alluring. Ripe, silky tannins frame a core of red fruits, flowers and spices, all of which come together with unsual grace. Though medium in body, there is wonderful generosity to the fruit, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015. 93 points, Wine Enthusiast April 2011 #1 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 of 2011; From Frescobaldi’s gorgeous Nipozzano estate, this Riserva Sangiovese (with small percentages of Malvasia Nera, Cabernet and Merlot for extra density and intensity) opens with impressive generosity and personality. It offers lingering flavors of cherry, chocolate and dark spice. — M.L. 91 points, Wine Spectator October 2010 A burly Rufina, offering dried dark fruits and chewy tannins, with an aftertaste of dark chocolate and mineral. Full and satisfying, with fresh acidity on the back palate. A go-to Chianti. Drink now. 121,000 cases made.
starts with black current moment of perfume ( baby powder?) lingering licorice found online at Tuscany tonight: In the glass, this wine has an impressive brilliance in its deep, purple-edged ruby red color. On the nose, solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows warmth and roundness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine’s overall harmony.
rated 87 points: Dry, black cherry fruit, very high acidity, somewhat unripe tannins, juicy, not a lot of weight or lenght. A classic and fresh Chianti, but rather simple. Not overly impressed for $20.
flavorful chianti. earthy. great value. winyard with Empeys 2/12/2011
smooth nice finish. consistent taste. great with sausage and steak
different in a good way. med body. plummy. could serve guests.
starting with single taste, but sit a while for wood taste
flavor comes forward after bottle has been open a while
typical Chianti, drinkable but nothing special
very smooth. good after taste
apr 2012 buy for Burke Taylor
Fruit forward and smooth.
From koonce thanksgiving
everyone loves it
earthy and smooth
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/2015
Wine Spectator(2010 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/29/2014
Wine Spectator(2008 Vintage) This wine has proven it can age effortlessly so enjoy its spicy, black licorice, meaty, peppery, black cherry nose but give some time to really impress. On the palate you will note a sense of freshness and elegance along with smoky, meaty, tobacco, prune, peppery, black cherry, orange peel and dried fig flavours. Fine intensity you can enjoy now with beef dishes or mushroom risotto, or wait five to seven years for it to mellow out.
Wine Spectator(2001 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/04
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator