92 Points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva La Forra blossoms on the palate with an exciting array of dark fruit, smoke, earthiness and licorice. French oak adds volume and spiciness but without detracting from the purity of the fruit or the silkiness of the tannins. This is a very beautiful La Forra from Folonari. The warm, inviting personality of the vintage is on full display, making this a terrific choice for drinking over the next few years.
Wine Maker Notes
This historic estate is located in the Chianti Classico region at Passo dei Pecorai, Greve in Chianti (30 Km south of Florence). Part of the Folonari family since 1971, the estate consists of 385 hectares with more than 90 planted with vineyards. The estate dates back to 1300 and is well known for the quality of its wines. The Fattoria di Nozzole was first mentioned in the Cronache Fiorentine by Villani, an author of Tuscan history. In addition to "Pareto", a classic among Super Tuscans, the vineyards also produce "Nozzole" Chianti Classico, "Villa Nozzole" Chianti Classico, "La Forra" Chianti Classico Riserva , "Le Bruniche" Chardonnay and a prestigious Vinsanto del Chianti Classico. The estate also has around 15 hectares of olive-groves.
The Folonari family has been making wine since the late eighteenth century. In 1825 the family-owned business took the name “Fratelli Folonari” and adopted the mission of developing, producing and distributing the finest Italian wines throughout the world.