Thursday, January 5, 2012

Castello di Gabbiano Alleanza 2008 IGT Tuscany

In 1124 the seeds of a house of wine were planted. According to legend a Knight on horseback, or Cavaliere, was charged with the protection of The Castello Gabbiano in 12th century Tuscany. The Cavaliere graphic on the label today represents the Tuscan region combining age old traditions of Chianti with modern winemaking techniques led by winemaker Giancarlo Roman.

The handpicked fruit from the excellent 2008 vintage (warm days, cool nights) are from estate vineyards and consist of 83% Merlot, 12% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Crushed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, next pumpover techniques are used to maximize color and flavor extraction, then the juice transferred into French oak barriques and left on the lees for two months. This also adds richness and texture. The wine is then racked (lees removed), and it's into new French oak barriques for 18 months before bottling.

Thick ruby purple color in the glass along with verdant aromas of licorice, clove, spice and black pepper, complemented by flavors of ripe cassis and mild vegetal notes. Provides a very near perfect balance of tannins and acidity and pleasantly long finish. 14% Alcohol and $35 SRP.

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