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2013 Castello di Alboa Chianti Classico Riserva

April 14, 2017 - Norman Bentley

We enjoyed another taste sensation from Chef El Biggero the other night, as we feasted on a special creation of Shrimp Creole accompanied by a wonderful bottle of reserve Chianti from Castello di Albola. I like Sangiovese quite a bit, and this Chianti is 100% Sangiovese.

The color is a dark ruby red and the nose tickles the senses with a broadcast of cherries and violets. The flavor spectrum varies from cherries to spice, and everything nice. The wine has a smooth mouthfeel with a strong and lasting finish, accented by mellow tannins, and enough acidity to balance most tomato sauces. Critic's scores range from 87 to 90, and Norm's score is 88.

A good match for Shrimp Creole, but of course it is perfect for most red-sauced pastas. It also has the complexity and character to pair well with dishes like Veal Marsala with pasta on the side.

price : $17 - $22

score: 88


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