Sunday, December 4, 2011

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG 2008

The Castello di Gabbiano was founded in 1124 and... as the story goes, in the 12th century The Gabbiano Knight (or Cavaliere in Italian) protected these Tuscan Vineyards from foreign invaders.

The soil in the region is high in limestone, sandstone and clay and makes for intense and concentrated fruit. The Sangiovese grapes used were sourced from select estate vineyards and the 2008 vintage was an excellent one. The juice was aged in large French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.

Clean and with medium weight, attractive husky aromas of vibrant ripe cherry and violets, with a hint of cocoa, followed by dry but complex flavors of plums, floral and spice notes, textured and a very nice balance of tannins and acidity. $14.

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