Monday June 11th2012, 5-7pm
The Vintage Conservatory
iYellow Wine Club
Wine tastings are fast becoming my favorite guilty pleasure. Tonight at 100 Lombard Street, at the beautiful Vintage Conservatory, Italian winemaker Federico Cerelli presented his wines. Cerelli is the head winemaker for Castello Di Gabbiano, a historic winery built around an ancient castle established in 1124. It remains one of the biggest estates in the area. They say “One needs to know very well where one is to make great wine” and Gabbiano is this adage personified. Old caves underneath the fertile land ferment the grapes, creating wine that is delicate yet powerful. Today, along with fellow bloggers and critics, I sampled 8 delightful wines alongside hearty Italian salumi and cheese.
To start, a glass of 2011 Rosè Toscana Rosato IGT. Fruity, low acidity and a lovely mouthfeel. Each of the wines we’re sampling are mainly composed of the Sangiovese grape varietal, with the exception of the 2009 Alleanze IGT Rosso Toscana which is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 40% Merlot. This velvety super Tuscan is smooth and rich with an almost port-like character. Another beautiful red is the 2009 Bellezza Chianti Classico Riserva, made from 100% Sangiovese grape, and aged 15 months in wood barrels.
I am a lover of Italian wines especially Chianti, and I’m always looking for a great bottle at a great price. I didn’t know much about this winery before this tasting, even though I’ve seen the product in stores many times. Gabbiano has changed that for me with the 2009 Chianti Classico DOCG. It’s available at the lcbo (219808). And for only $16.95 you get incredible depth and flavour.
If you’re looking to try something new, inexpensive and delicious, look no further than Castello di Gabbiano. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.