2015 Gagliole "Rubiolo" Chianti Classico (Previously $17)

SKU #1338488 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

 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. 90+ (ML)  (8/2017)


 After years working with consultant Stefano Chioccioli, Gagliole has handed over complete winemaking duties to their fulltime oenologist Giulio Carmassi, whose previous experience includes the renowned Isole & Olena estate. Aged in a combination of wood and stainless steel, Rubino is a youthful, straightforward and fruit-driven Chianti Classico. With a mix of red berries, rhubarb and garden herbs, it is easy to drink... (MM)  (2/2018)


 The 2015 Chianti Classico Rubiolo is an attractive if somewhat light-bodied wine and shows a much more restrained style than Gagliole has been known for in the past. Bright red stone fruit and flowers are some of the signatures. This is in an especially forward, fruity style. It will be interesting to see where the Rubiolo goes in coming vintages. (AG)  (1/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Notes of fennel seed and green peppercorn accent this wine’s black-cherry and plum flavors. Ten percent merlot lends a fleshy opulence to the texture. It maintains freshness and verve as hints of dark spice and fresh portobello emerge with air.  (4/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 Points 0 Made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, this medium-bodied red has aromas suggesting underbrush, red plum and a whiff of tobacco leaf. The round palate offers black cherry, clove and a hint of thyme alongside supple tannins. Drink through 2019. (KK)  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
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.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2022

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
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. There’s 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.
Drink from 2018 to 2021

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.
Alcohol Content (%): 14