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gabbianoGet ready for a pucker punch. Not recommended as a sipper but OK for your next pizza night.

One of the top wine estates in Tuscany, Gabbiano’s entry level Chianti is everywhere, on every super market shelf and usually at a very attractive price. Is it worth a few bucks?

Restrained candied cherry on the first encounter, but darker fruit emerges with aeration, with some generic spiciness and Sangiovese-standard baked earth.   On the palate, cherry gives way to crisp minerality. The virtue of this wine is its soft pleasant texture on the midpalate, but that quickly evolves into lots of puckering, bitter herb on the dry, medium length finish.  There is not enough round fruit to balance the acidity.

This is a very straightforward, simple Italian table wine that needs a deeply flavored red sauce and some fatty cheese to resist the acidity and bitter finish.  Its price ranges from $7-$11. At the lower end it is better than its competitors. At the upper end, you can do better.

Price: Around $8

Score: 82

Alc: 13%

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