On the occasion of his birth, the wine given to the Marquise Lamberto Frescobaldi by his father Leonardo was produced from an old-vine site at the family's Castello di Nipozzano estate in Chianti Rufina. Wines from the 25-acre vineyard had traditionally been reserved for family members, but with the recent emphasis on identifying cru-worthy sites in Chianti, in April, Frescobaldi unveiled the first release of Castello di Nipozzano 2011 Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG with a medieval celebration at the estate timed to coincide with Vinitaly.
Lamberto Frescobaldi set the stage for the introduction of Vecchie Viti (old vines) with a tasting of two library wines from the estate. Rich with tarry balsamic and dark cherry aromas, the 1961 Castello di Nipozzano had a lively ruby core of cherry bark, cinnamon, chocolate and saddle. "At the time, Trebbiano was blended with the Sangiovese and the result is a wine that's aging better than I am," he said of the vintage he received in lieu of the underwhelming 1963. The 1974 Montesodi, a 100% Sangiovese that was the first vintage for the label, was garnet and delicate on the palate with fully-developed notes of earth, tart, red cherries, cinnamon and worn leather. "My father was something of a renegade with this wine," said Lamberto "even then he believed that the wines of Nipozzano were age-worthy." Read More ==>