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92 Point, Sub-$17 Chianti Classico That’s Sure to Delight - 01/08/2018 - Italy

Tuscany enjoyed a superlative vintage in 2015, with scores of producers crafting spectacular wines that are as engaging as they are enjoyable. A recent find from Gagliole certainly fits this description and has the added bonus of being very attractively priced. The 2015 "Rubiolo" is Chianti Classico at its finest, offering excellent balance, poise, and a touch of rusticity that’s characteristic of this historic region. Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner was every bit as impressed as we were with this 2015 calling it “one of the great value wines from Central Italy.” While a delight on its own, the "Rubiolo" is a food wine if there ever was one. It’s open and accessible style makes it a natural to pair with a wide array of dishes. Chianti this universally adored and hailing from such a respected producer, routinely costs upwards of $20 - really driving home the outstanding value here. For a go-to, house Italian red, you won’t do much better than this picture perfect 2015.

2015 Gagliole "Rubiolo" Chianti Classico ($16.99)

92 points James Suckling: "A full and chewy Chianti Classico with plenty of blackberry and black cherry character. Hints of flowers. Medium body, round and chewy tannins and a fresh finish." (10/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "90+ points:This is one of the great value wines from Central Italy. The 2015 Chianti Classico Rubiolo is a vibrant expression of Sangiovese that shows the tonic and vibrant energy of the grape. The bouquet is polished and clean with summer fresh cherry, dark fruit and grilled herb. I suggest buying this wine in bulk for those happy moments when you are cooking behind the stove or outdoor grill. This is a fantastic food-prep Tuscan red. (ML)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

This has a beautiful Sangiovese bouquet with plums, raspberries and savory herbal notes. Sangiovese does great in warm vintages like 2015, and this is no exception with great acidity and tannins for ageability. While it is drinking delicious and fresh right now, a couple years in the cellar will do no harm at all.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

The embracing nose of toasted baking spice, oak and cherry skins leads you into a balanced Chianti with loads of bright, ripe red fruits, chewy, integrated tannins and complex earth and spice. The chewy tannins blends with the savory cherry skin character and is long on the complex finish. A lot of wine for the price!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Modern and well-balanced, with lots of floral and mineral character and ripe plum notes .This is medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long dusty finish. A great value for a 2015 Sangiovese.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is bright, sweet and clean with plenty of plump Sangiovese fruit and spice rounding out the middle. There is more complexity here than the price would suggest and the fine, ripe tannins on the finish will let this handle even rich food. This is exactly the type of affordable and food friendly bottle I like to pop open on any Tuesday or lazy Sunday.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is a great little everyday Chianti Classico. Loaded with dark berry fruit, spice and hints of volcanic earth this little gem of a wine brought a big smile to my face. This is a classic, easy-drinking Chianti that I will reach for without hesitation any time I want a nice bottle of Chianti.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

We do so much work with the Sangiovese wines of Montalcino here at K&L (thanks to our buyer Greg's deep connections there) that I often forget about some of our best, old fashioned Chianti expressions, the backbone of Tuscany and often what are everyday Italian enthusiasts are looking for on a Wednesday night. The 2015 Gagliole is the best tasting and best priced Chianti I've found in some time, showcasing a textbook combination of fruit, acidity, and tannic structure with power and depth. There's a lot of wine here for less than twenty bucks. While you can pop and pour, I'd give the Gagliole a good hour to open up before drinking as the cherry fruit unlocks itself after time in the decanter. This is a slam dunk deal for classic Italian lovers. It's approachable, but in no way flashy or modern. It's managed to maintain its traditional appeal.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

The nose of this wine is full of spiced plum, bright cherry and hints of violet. On the palate the classic Castellina in Chianti Sangiovese stands out with lifting acids to center the wine and enhancing the cherry while showing more earth and spice. Theres just a tiny bit of tannin to give it a sense of structure but the overall sensation is of balance and remarkably refreshing. This is a super drinkable wine now that will drink well over the next 3-4 years and a perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta.