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Castello di Gabbiano Belleza Chianti Classico DOCG

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Ahh Sangiovese, you can be a sexy beast. Sexy and meaty and just crying out for some bistecca or osso bucco. Whatever you choose, this full flavoured Chianti is right on the ball - meaty, savoury and carrying classic Italian tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

“A wine with an entirely Tuscan soul, presented in a new way.” The highest quality grapes selection from a unique estate vineyard gives us this powerful Chianti Classico wine of class, made in a modern style.

The word‘Bellezza’(Beauty) was familiarly used by workers to name this vineyard for its beauty and special production, thus it became the vineyard nickname. The same attention and care which is given to the grape on the vine continues in the cellar in the processes of pressing and removing the grapes from the stalks, which means every day during the alcoholic fermentation and the subsequent malolactic fermentation, which takes place in new barriques of French oak.

The wine is aged, therefore, for a period of 14/16 months in small capacity barrels (225 litres) and barriques (225 litres) of French oak of first passage, which bestow softness on the wine and emphasise the typical tang of this grape.

Long refinement in the bottle completes the ageing and emphasises the tertiary fragrances.

'OK, pardon the movie reference: This "good kee-AN-tee" would go well with any excellent cut of simply prepared red meat, and maybe pasta dishes as well. (Turkey? Maybe.) It's a full-bodied, structured red wine with a complex mix of black cherry, earthy and herbal flavors, with a touch of chocolate. It's drinkable now but should mature beautifully over five to 15 years. Not cheap, but worth the price.'
Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun

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