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Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A deep ruby red color, enticing aromas of red berry and citrus fruits contrasted by spicy vanilla toast notes: a complex and well balanced palate. The silky tannins and elegant style make this a remarkable expression of single vineyard Sangiovese.

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JS 92
James Suckling
A wine with a wonderful depth of fruit but slightly marked by the new wood. Full body, round and silky tannins and a medium finish. This needs two or three years to come together in the bottle. A solid red.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Baked plum, Asian spice, vanilla and menthol aromas carry the nose. The elegantly structured palate offers fleshy black cherry, licorice, mint and well-integrated French oak alongside fine-grained tannins that lend firm, polished support. A coffee note marks the finish.
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Castello di Gabbiano

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Castello di Gabbiano, Italy
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Established in 1480 AD, Castello di Gabbiano is situated in the heart of the famed region of Chianti Classico. Federico has been chief winemaker at the Castello since February 2011, bringing great energy, focus, and a passoin for innovation to his portfolio of classic Gabbiano wines. A natice of Tuscany with more than a decade of eperience working with prestigious neihboring wineries, Federico has a depth of understanding about the exceptional Chiani Classico winegrowing region. 

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Chianti Classico Wine

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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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PBC9349259_2012 Item# 206164

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