By Kori ~ December 23rd, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2007 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico from the Chianti Classico region of Italy.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Castello di Gabbiano, located in Tuscany, Italy, sits atop a hilly estate among the vineyards. The Castello dates back to 1124 when construction began. The original owners, the Bardis, sold it to the Soderini family in 1408. The current owners, the Arcaini family, purchased Castello di Gabbiano in 1981 and have completely restored it. All Castello di Gabbiano wines feature a distinctive Cavaliere (a knight on horseback bearing a winged helmet, standard, and shield) on their labels.
â€œThe 2007 Chianti Classico DOCG is a lovely complex wine – ruby red in color with hints of dark cherry on the nose. The palate is fresh with flavors of plum, violets and juicy cherries which are supported by fine and supple tannins that round out the mouthfeel. The finish is persistent and shows characteristic fresh acidity.â€ â€“Giancarlo Roman, winemaker
2007 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy): Predominately Sangiovese. Medium-deep ruby red in color. Very aromatic with strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and spice coming through on both the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity, smooth tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $11.99; Available elsewhere, $11 to $14
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Italian Wine, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25