Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2008
This Riserva is made only from grapes grown on the Gabbiano Estate in the heart of Tuscany. Only the oldest and best Sangiovese vines on the property are used. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 20 days, and for more extraction the wine was macerated on the skins for another 20, followed by aging in 50% new French oak for 16 to 18 months, and finally in bottle for 4 months.
Rich and intense ruby colors paint a picture of full body, texture and complexity. Dry and luscious with a blend of 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. Aromas of violets with flavors that ring of black licorice, tobacco, red cherries, cassis, plum and oak. The finish is a dream and so is the price at $23 SRP, with 14% alcohol.