Posts Tagged Italy

2014 Girl & Dragon Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy

Light straw in hue, this wine shows flowers and honey in the nose, along with impressions of banana essence and marshmallow. Chill it down for a nice summer sipper. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Arcanum ‘Il Fauno,’ Tuscany, Italy, IGT

This is a Super Tuscan blend of four Bordeaux red varietals – 56% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petite Verdot. Winemaker Pierre Seillan has fashioned a remarkable wine combining New World forward fruit and ripeness... 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

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

2008 Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy

If you’re a fan of charred meats, this is the wine to pour alongside them. Translucent ruby in color, lightening at the edge, it offers initial impressions of menthol, concentrated black cherry, sweet wood spice and hints of earthiness and shoe... Read more

2010 Gabbiano ‘Bellezza’ Chianti Classico DOCG

Traditionalists may balk at this translucent dark ruby-hued wine, made entirely from Sangiovese grapes, because it is nothing like the sour, sometimes funky, overly acidic Chianti Classico bottlings of old. Rather, to coin a phrase, it has been New... Read more

2010 Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

You can tell that this wine was aged for nearly a year and a half in French oak barrels, given its initial aromas of cedar, menthol, polished leather and cigar box. As it opens up, dried red cherry and then darker, fleshier cherry reveal themselves,... Read more

2012 Gabbiano ‘Solatio,’ Tuscany, Italy

Need a “welcome wine” that isn’t bubbly? This would be a good choice, as it’s easy drinking and ideal for quaffing. A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with just a splash of Sangiovese, it’s nearly opaque reddish purple in color, with... Read more