I am an avid red wine drinker but my taste doesn’t usually fall into the Chianti category. That is until now and the Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG entered my life. Unlike more traditional Chiantis, I would consider this wine less rustic and easier to drink. It is a perfect fit for the modern palate (and a great price point). The wine is a smooth and full-bodied Italian red wine made from Sangiovese grapes (90%). Here’s the lowdown.
In the glass: Gabbiano’s Chianti is a brilliant ruby-red color with a semi-opaque crimson core.
On the nose: There are immediate hits of classic red and black fruit (red cherries, red currant, and cranberry), followed by some interesting notes of star anise, dry wood and mineral undertones.
On the tongue: The wine is medium-bodied, which is makes this a red that is perfect for the hotter summer months. The palate is fresh, yet tart, with notes of dark red berry fruit, plums, slight hints of juicy acidity and of wood (smokey cigar box wood). Is is very easy on the palate.
Verdict: Drink up! This wine is best paired with foods like pizza or rich pastas.