Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico 2016 (Dark Cellar)
- Red Wine
Fattoria Nittardi is an historic Tuscan estate specializing in the wines of Chianti Classico and Maremma Toscana. The original Nittardi Estate was a defensive vantage point between the rival provinces of Siena and Florence in the 12th Century and a fortified tower named Nectar Dei, or the "Nectar of the God", was built on the site in 1183. Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo became the proprietor of the estate in the 16th Century, and while painting the Sistine Chapel, asked his nephew for "two casks of wine rather than eight shirts" from the estate. Michelangelo also asked his nephew to send wine as a "genuine gift to the Pope Julius II". This tradition is still upheld today, with Fattoria Nittardi always giving its first bottles of Nectar Dei to the Pope. In 1982, the estate was purchased by Peter Femfert and Stefania Canali, who made extensive renovations to the winery and vineyards.
The 2016 Chianti Classico Casanuova di Nittardi Vigna Doghessa is a wine that speaks primarily of vintage, unlike the 2018 edition (also tasted in this mini vertical), which speaks directly to the grape variety, Sangiovese, at the center of this single-vineyard expression. The 2016 growing season produced wines that are extremely elegant on the one hand and that are powerfully built on the other. You recognize those traits straight away in the beautifully saturated color of the wine that denotes extra richness and concentration. The bouquet has dried cherry and plum, with background tones of licorice and pencil shaving. This wine is holding beautifully right now, and you can expect it to continue a slow and steady bottle evolution. -WA