Castello d’Albola ‘Albola’ Chianti DOCG Bronze 2014: Wine Woman Pick

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Earth and cherry dominate the nose. Cherries and blueberries with violets on the palate. Lighter bodied. Light tannins and a medium, fruity finish. Very nice, easy wine for those warmer days! This is great, great value, worth trying.

Ideally pairs with meats and heavy pastas

Price: ¥158

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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG: New Wine* Commended 2014

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico

This is why we drink Chianti. Forget stupid dried grass covered nonsense ‘flasks’ sold by idiots in tat shops on poor advice. This is a thing of real beauty. Ruby-red tending towards garnet. Elegant, with delicate scents of violets. Well-balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture. A perfect accompaniment for the richly flavoured dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as for grilled meats and aged cheeses.

Price: ¥265

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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico Riserva ’15, ’16 multiaward winner bronze, silver

This is what Chianti Classico should be: fruity, and with nice acidity but with a velvety character. The latter is often missing in lesser versions. Amarenas, cherries, tangerines, flowers, mokka coffee and a little mushroom. Cherries woody herbs, hint of coffee, hint of soft vanilla in the taste, far away some cloves. Elegant and velvety. Long finish. A complete delight, with well earned awards.

Price: ¥420

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