Great tasting notes by Jancis Robinson on our wines

12/12/2013 Spirited

Last week Julia Harding MW from Jancis Robinson published some great ratings on all our wines. Besides the high scores we liked a lot the descriptions about every wines. She put really well the spirit of every different wine in words. It is a great feeling if the philosophy and message behind every bottle gets through. Wine is great!

Thank you Julia!

Nittardi, Ad Astra 2011 IGT Maremma Toscana 16.5 Drink 2014-2017
30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah. Aged in French oak. 
Deep crimson. Fine, restrained and pure dark fruit. Silky smooth tannins already and a lovely line of freshness through the fruit. Surprisingly approachable, but with the depth and firmness to improve in bottle. A very successful blending of Bordeaux and Tuscan styles, with the finesse of the former and the savoury juiciness of the latter. Lots of pleasure. (JH) 14%

Nittardi, Casanuova di Nittardi 2011 Chianti Classico 16.5 Drink 2014-2016
97% Sangiovese, 3% Canaiolo Nero. 12 months in second-use French oak. 
Dark but bright cherry red. Lively aroma of dusty cherry, more red fruited than black but with a lightly spicy and savoury edge. Lovely fresh bite of acidity and tangy but not simple fruit, with well-modulated tannins. Oak spice on the finish but the freshness of fruit drives through to the end. Classic and refreshing Chianti Classico, with the Italian bite that will go so well with food but can also be enjoyed on its own. (JH) 14%

Nittardi, Riserva 2010 Chianti Classico 17 Drink 2014-2020
95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. 24 months in 500-litre French oak. 
Very dark black cherry colour. Complex aromas of dark spicy fruit and a meaty, savoury character, with just a hint of oak’s sweetness. Extremely (nicely) dry on the palate, that same combination of dark fruit and meatiness. But even with the ripeness of fruit there is an attractive austerity in the fine tannins. Youthful and hinting at greater elegance and refinement to come with a few years in bottle. (JH) 14%
Nittardi, Nectar Dei 2010 IGT Maremma Toscana 17.5 Drink 2015-2025
40% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot and 15% Syrah. 22 months in French oak. 
Deep crimson. Initially rather subdued on the nose but opened up to dark fruit and a touch of very dark chocolate. Such fine, supple tannins, all tight and compact but with a lithe freshness on the finish. Winemaking seems to have become more light handed than I remember it and the oak less dominant, perhaps to do with vine age? Elegant and refreshing. (JH) 14%