I’m not exactly one to turn down a glass of wine. The thing is, just because I’m willing to drink so-so wine doesn’t mean I don’t know the difference between a good wine and a bad wine.
Wines that win awards always intrigue me. The Nipozzano 2007 Chianti won Wine Enthusiast’s prestigious “Wine Of The Year” title. This wine is produced by the leading wine producer in Tuscany, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, one of the most respected wine companies in the world.
For a 93 point wine, the value is tremendous. I’m always excited when I can find an Italian wine rated over 90 points for under $20. Chianti tends to be a very versatile wine that pairs well with many dishes, and the Nipozzano was no exception. Since Jason doesn’t drink wine, I had to bear the burden of drinking it all by myself.
I will totally own up to strategically pouring two glasses of wine in the photo above so it looked like I wasn’t drinking by myself. What can I say? It was fabulous, and I didn’t want to share anyway.
The wine had a rich, mellow flavor, complete with cherry notes and other rich fruity tones. There’s a hint of spiciness that finishes with a touch of black pepper and cocoa. The balance is beautiful, and I thoroughly savored each sip as it washed across my tongue.
The 2006 vintage that I tried rated 91 points with Wine Spectator, and I think it’s very deserving of an over-90 rating. I think the biggest sign of quality, though, comes from their consistent rating of 90 points or higher for the past 10 years. That’s the mark of a quality winery and a consistent commitment to above-average standards.
If you’re looking for a red wine that will please any crowd, I highly recommend picking up a bottle of Nipozzano Chianti.
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I received a complimentary bottle of wine from the company mentioned above. All opinions and attempted glassware deception are 100% my own.