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Will The Real Chianti Please Stand Up?

By Thomas Madrecki Chianti is an old land, and this is an old post, taking literal months to think through a whirlwind tour of Tuscany -- and to digest the full experience, food, wine and culture. What is Chianti? Well, there is a... Read more

2013 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti

Castello di Gabbiano sells this entry-level Chianti in large format bottles, but its affordability belies a more serious beverage than similarly priced/bottled wines. Compared to those skunky pizza parlor Chiantis, this is a fresh, energetic wine,... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

Castello di Gabbiano's reserve bottling of its Chianti Classico is aged in new French oak and blended with 5 percent Merlot, giving the final product a smooth quality that tames some of the Chianti grape's acidity and tannins. The 2011 bottle checks... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG

Castello's reserve bottlings -- the Gran Selezione, Alleanza and Chianti Riserva -- are likely behind most of the winery's press acclaim, but I will confess to liking this one best, which seems to strike the right balance of pure Chianti fruit and... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano “Alleanza,” Chianti

“A wine in perfect balance between the style of the old and new worlds" is how Castello di Gabbiano describes this 60-40 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the product of a partnership between the Castello and a California-based... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico “Bellezza” Gran Selezione

In 2014, the Chianti Classico region revamped its policies to create a brand-new top designation, known as "Gran Selezione." According to the region, Gran Selezione accounts for 10% of Chianti Classico production; the label can only be applied to... Read more

A Window Into Tuscany: Castello di Gabbiano

By Thomas Madrecki A note in advance — I approach any and all media trips with a bit of skepticism, in no small part because I make a living in the world of public relations. It takes a great deal for me to be impressed, and there’s a... Read more

2006 Herve Souhaut St. Epine, St. Joseph, Rhone Valley, France

Herve Souhaut makes some of the lightest, gentlest wines of the Rhone Valley, reflecting his training in Beaujolais. His St. Epine bottling is explosively floral, in stark contrast to what many would expect from a Northern Rhone Syrah. Orchids,... Read more

2011 Domaine Raveneau Chablis, Burgundy, France

Raveneau is synonymous with Chablis, and this tightly wound, mineral-driven wine lives up to its name. Though young and still needing time to take on the kind of grandiosity that would define a great wine, it's a superb example of the appellation.... Read more

2010 Ceritas Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Saline and bracingly mineral on the nose, like oysters, fresh cut grass and morning dew. On the palate, there's tremendous length balanced with acidity and an almost savory, sea-inflected minerality that will pair perfectly with robust grilled fish.... Read more