Chianti Rufina DOCG 1997 Vintage: See Chianti Rufina DOCG.

Growing season: ‘At Castello di Nipozzano in Chianti Rufina the spring freeze did not affect the vineyards. The Sangiovese vines, which are grown in the highest part of the estate were completely unaffected; the late bloom, which is typical of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, saved these varietals. Because the grapes matured more quickly than usual, they offer concentrated sugar, rich colours, and delicious tannins,’ according to Castello Nipozzano‘s vintage report.