Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva 2017
Deep, purple-edged ruby-red color of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, 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 alcoholic warmth and roundness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony. Serve with barbecued meat, beef stews, or aged cheeses.
Since 1300, Frescobaldi is a Florentine family with thirty generations dedicated to the production of great Tuscan wines in five estates in Tuscany, and a quality distribution network in over 65 countries worldwide. The Nipozzano Riserva label has a long history that dates back to the mid-1800s. The Florentine Albizi family's coat of arms on the label's center commemorates the wedding of its last heir, Leonia, to Angiolo Frescobaldi; an association that united two great families. In the middle of the coat of arms, two concentric circles symbolize the instrument used for carding wool in one of the ancient major Florentine guilds on which Albizi built their fortune. Above the family crest is the noble crown, while the eight-pointed cross represents membership in the ancient, chivalric Order of Santo Stefano, founded by the Pope. Finally, the ancient motto "Post Deum" appears in the coat of arms to remind everyone that God plays a central role.