My first sip of this wine took me back a few decades in time when Chianti and Tuscan reds in general were lighter, more austere – more real, and distinctive. In order to compete with Shiraz and Merlot, many producers have beefed-up their wines resulting in a loss of distinction. As a fan of the ‘original’ I’m delighted to recommend Castello Di Albola to others who might share my preference for reds with an appetizing edge, and Italian vitality – over richness and smoothness.

CASTELLO DI ALBOLA 13 Chianti Classico 339937 Vintages $18.95


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