Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2008

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

Price: $19.99
Item No. 113132
  • WS89
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red tending to garnet color. The aromas are fine, with delicate hints of violets. The taste is balanced, dry and well-structured with a velvety mouthfeel.

It goes well with traditional dishes rich in flavor, and with grilled meats and cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"Shows a nice lashing of new oak, featuring concentrated cherry, black currant, licorice and leather flavors augmented by tobacco and spice. Taut and long. "
89 Points

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pnrogers - Destin, FL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/21/2013)
Style: Big & Bold
Excellent chianti. As good as the 2007s and ready to drink.
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Rating:
(10/19/2012)
We actually visited Castello D'Albola in August and this was our preferred wine, even liked it better than the Riserva. Nice dark garnet hue, classic Sangiovese taste. Probably score between 88-90 for this vintage.
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btackett - Rocksprings, TX (read all my reviews)

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(7/28/2013)
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Learn About Castello D'Albola Map ItMap It

The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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