Per Gina who living through this horrible meeting with me.
Nice simple fairly straightforward Chianti that i didn't mind at all. Some light black berry notes on palate with light tannin/acid level. Good pr for what this is.
The nose reeks heavily of alcohol – surprisingly strong for its 12.5% alcohol content. Actually it smells a bit isopropyl – not great whiffage. There is also some heavy oak, and walnut going on. As it opens up dark fruit scents do come through. The sip is very dry, but light - not at all full bodied. Nothing too exciting really happens on the palate. There is a nice tart, crisp quality and a pucker effect - like a cherry jolly rancher just sidled up to your tongue. Not a bad pizza wine. MORE at http://redsfortherestofus.blogspot.com
I felt it was rather closed down with alcohol too noticeable. Bought a case based on an '07 bottle I had 6 mos ago. I hope it improves with some more cellar time.
Gabbiano, 2008, Chianti, Italy A dark ruby red color and a fruity berry nose were present before the first sip. The Chianti was fully body was well balanced tannins and acid. We had spaghetti with red sauce, the chianti matched well with the dish. It also was nice with some Christmas chocolates, which we still had around. The Gabbiano Chianti is a very good every day wine. We purchase a bottle or two every time we go wine shopping.
Woody and peppery, with a hit of blackberries and plums. This is dry and light at the same time. A great table wine.
Smells jammy. Nice full-bodied start. Excellent woods-y finish. Dry, but not too dry.
External Reviews for 20 Chianti Castello di Gabbiano
Pale ruby red appearance. Moderately light-bodied. Moderately extracted. Minerals, herbs, tart cherries. Tart aromas are fully expressed on the palate with some good concentration of flavors that linger through the finish.
Ruby tending to light garnet. Lovely aromas of ripe cherry lifted by a note of iris. Focused cherry and plum flavors are brightened by persistent notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Though not a powerhouse, this well-structured wine possesses a smooth texture and considerable finesse.