Classic Cabernet flavors and aromas of cassis and blackberry mark this jammy, highly extracted wine, and are offset by notes of dried herbs, spice, vanilla and cedar supported by bold, firm tannins and a long finish.
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2010 Il Pareto (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) delivers oaky notes of spice, clove, rum cake, espresso dried cherry and cassis. It shows great harmony and balance, with loads of succulent cherry. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (Aug 2013)
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Located north of the village of Greve in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, the Nozzole estate covers a striking, rugged, mountainous area of about 1,000 acres, a third of which is vines and olive groves. At 350 meters in elevation, the 10-acre Il Pareto vineyard has clay soil with lime and gravel-size stones. The soil composition is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, with a high proportion of galestro rock. Il Pareto grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and crushed before fermentation and malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Maceration on the lees promotes the extraction of optimal color and fine, structured tannins. The wine is aged in oak and in bottle before release.
Wine maker notes
The "Il Pareto" vineyard is situated amid a forest of maritime pines in the middle of the estate at Passo dei Pecorai at an altitude of 900 feet. It covers an area of 4.05 hectares (10 acres), with a small potential for expansion, on superb red vine soils, typical of the commune of Greve, characterized by an elevated content of galestro rock. The Il Pareto vineyard was planted in 1981 and grafted with a clonal selection of Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines are at a density of 4,000 per hectare and trained to a "cordone alto" (high cordon) system. Yield is restricted to roughly 30 hectolitres per hectare (two tons per acre), producing approximately 750 to 1,000 cases of wine annually. Il Pareto was first produced in the 1987 vintage, followed by the superb 1988 vintage, one of the decade's best in Tuscany and particularly in Greve. The spectacular 1990 vintage of Il Pareto established the wine internationally as one of the great Super-Tuscans.
Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed and crushed. Alcoholic fermentation is initiated on the skins by natural yeasts and takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks over a period of seven days at 21 to 27 C (70 to 80 F); a further maceration period of eight days follows before pressing. The wine then is racked into clean stainless steel and brought to 22 C (72 F) to naturally induce a full malolactic fermentation. The finished wine is transferred to new Allier oak barriques in which it develops for a period of 16 months. A light egg-white fining precedes bottling.
Pairs well with meats, poultry, and game.
On land that has supported winegrapes for seven centuries, Tenuta di Nozzole produces wines that respect both tradition and innovation: Chianti Classicos ranging from traditional to fruit-forward, and an IGT Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Located north of the village of Greve at Passo dei Pecorai, the Nozzole estate is located in an impressively rugged mountainous area of melancholy beauty and covers roughly 1,000 acres, of which approximately a third are planted in vines and olive groves. The Folonari family purchased the estate in 1971 from Letizia Rimediotti-Mattioli and her husband, who had been producing wine for the Folonaris on the land for several years.