Castello di Gabbiano — you know the label with the knight carrying the shield and flag on the galloping horse — is a go-to brand for Chianti Classico buyers at supermarkets. But let me suggest you look further on shelves, or go to an independent wine shop, for the Riserva, at the top price of $25. The 2013 vintage Chianti Classico Riserva will wake up every sensory point in your head. As some vintners have said, while 2013 in Tuscany was not the vintage of the century it still yielded wines of freshness and energy. And that’s just what you find with this Riserva. For more about this winery, check it out online and watch the video. This property with its castle dates to the 12th century. Gabbiano is located in the heart of Chianti Classico and is one of the larger wineries with 346 acres of producing vineyards, mostly planted to Sangiovese.
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2013, $25: Firm tannins, upfront ripe fruit — dark berries, cherry, ripe plum — and a seamless integration of oak produce a wine of elegance and power. This delicious Sangiovese with a small complement of Merlot (5 percent) is made from estate fruit off the better, lower-yielding vineyards. The final blend undergoes an additional year of bottle aging prior to release. It has no rough edges.
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