Posts Tagged Sangiovese

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

2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Alto Vineyards’ Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley

When planning a meal — almost any meal — this could be your go-to wine. It offers notes of menthol/eucalyptus, cherry, earth, vanilla and paprika., and its grip in the finish suggests another two years of bottle aging could be in order. A solid... 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

2011 Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG

This isn’t your Pappy’s Chianti, and that’s a good thing. Medium bodied (as opposed to the lighter profile of old), this wine is made in a distinctly New World style, with less acid and riper fruit. Translucent light ruby in color, the 2011... Read more

2005 Fattoria Le Pupille, Tuscany, Italy

Opaque dark crimson color. Oodles of smoke, earth, and nuts, which gives way to show dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, citrus, and anise. The tannins at the end are chewy. Cellar for a few more years. Retail Wine Price: $50 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Field Stone Sangiovese, Lucio’s Block, Alexander Valley

Translucent dark garnet color. The pleasant nose delivers fresh, sharp, briary raspberry preserves, along with green-edged peppercorn notes. The mouth shows juicy, tart berry fruit with drying tannins at the end. This is a wine that demands food... Read more