Castello di Albola Chianti Classico 2007
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The wine offers a brilliant ruby red color. As time passes, the hue is enriched with garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The aroma is satisfyingly intense, fine and elegant, with light scents of ripe fruits and violets. As it evolves, the wine develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. It possesses a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Somewhat austere in its youth, the wine softens with age, becoming velvety and developing prolonged and appealing aromatic persistence.
Wine Spectator - "This is what Chianti should taste like, with plenty of dark cherry and floral aromas and flavors that say Sangiovese. Fresh and fruity. Drink now."
Castello di Albola Winery
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. View all Castello di Albola Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.9 out of 5 stars
33 ratings, 8 with reviewsSoCo - Trinidad, CO42/25/2012jjhazard - Nashville, TN52/19/2012David S - San Francisco, CA42/18/2012Domenico Piccolomini - Uniontown, PA42/4/2012
BarkBark - Nashville, TN21/21/201241/4/201251/4/201251/4/2012412/29/2011312/8/2011KarenDFW - Napa, CA412/4/2011512/2/2011Great wine for the money!Imewine - Harrisburg, PA411/29/2011411/15/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
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- Pasta > Tomato-base
Nice wine to compliment everyday Italian food. Good color; light bouquet; medium density. Drink now; cellaring probably won't add much complexity.ALCrimson - Birmingham, AL311/3/2011Nicholas Skipper - North Augusta, SC29/27/2011Decent, but would not purchase again. In fairness, we haven't had that many Chianti's, so our rating may not 100% reliable on this one.Forevered - Chicago, IL39/18/2011
- Smooth & Supple
This is a good, casual wine for weeknight dinners. It's a lot better than most wines available at this affordable price point.38/15/2011V Sheri - Mount Pleasant, SC38/14/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT26/7/201145/14/2011
- Smooth & Supple
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- Pasta & Grains
solid table wineBob Corcoran - Medford, MA412/13/2010Light, ruby color - lighter then I expected (almost Pinot Noir like) - but, "Oh sooo smooth." Will have it and another classico ready for dinner guests in 2 weeks - great find!411/23/2010The nose greets you with a lovely dried cherries bouquet. The style is restrained elegance. Good acid balance makes for an outstanding food wine. Sangiovese at its best!Paula Trehey - Brooksville, FL411/16/2010This wine was very nice, especially at the price! I have recommended it to friends.
- Smooth & Supple