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Castello di Gabbiano

Castello di Gabbiano
2015 Chianti Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$14.99
Best Buy

Castello di Gabbiano
2015 Chianti Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of baked figs, chamomile, poured fondant, and rose hip with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length mushrooms finish with moderate oak flavor. A lipsmacking Chianti with great food affinity; should fare quite well after a short slumber in the cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked figs, chamomile, poured fondant, and rose hip
Taste Flavor: mushrooms
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Leg of Lamb, Pappardelle Pasta with Mushrooms, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lipsmacking Chianti with great food affinity; should fare quite well after a short slumber in the cellar.

The Producer or Importer

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The Producer or  Importer
300 Lakeside Drive Suite 2500
Oakland, CA 94612
USA
-707-259-4519

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Tuscany Chianti Classico

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Chianti Classico is one of the world's most familiar and well-loved red wines. It is produced from a zone in central Tuscany between the cities of Florence to the north and Siena to the south.

The principal grape in Chianti Classico is Sangiovese; a minimum of 80% of this grape must be included in a Chianti Classico, unlike other Chiantis from nearby zones. Other grapes that van be included in the blend for a Chianti Classico include traditional varieties such as Canaiolo and Colorino or even international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. While a small percentage of local white varieties were once mandated for inclusion in a Chianti Classico, those white grapes are currently not permitted in the blend.

Chainti Classicos tend to be medium-bodied, while a Riserva offering (aged longer in wood) is richer. Most examples of Chianti Classico are enjoyable upon release and drink well for three to seven years; the Riserva offerings can age for a decade or more.

The wines have a pleasant red cherry flavor profile along with tart acidity and a light cedar, earthy finish. They pair well with foods such as poultry, lighter red meats and pastas with marinara sauce.