Gabbiano 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $9.99-$$21.99, 88 points, poured a core deep ruby grading pomegranate red with a thin range of orange at the broad clear wine ring and glass bowl of considerable sheeting.
The aromas were not so typical black licorice, marjoram, tarragon, and plum, but a bit of developing red cherry returned the wine to normality.
Near full-bodied, rather smooth textured early palate for a Sangiovese, appropriately acidic and tannic with an undifferentiated blend of black fruit, red cherry, and plum flavors that were okay and more than acceptable for a $10 bottle of Riserva.
Finished fair with mint, oak, just a tad spicy, and a reserved 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with our Italian-styled pepperoni pizza and salad.
Just a quick note as to prices: many of these very good and inexpensive Italian wines are now competing with what I've always considered the best value wines in the world: Spanish wines.
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