James Suckling 95
"This is a great Chianti Classico with an overload of floral aromas, such as violets and rose petals, in addition to blackcurrants, tar, asphalt and vanilla. Full-bodied but very subtle and restrained on the palate with a finely woven web of tannins and a long, taut finish. Drink from 2023."~JS
"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Gallule, 100% Sangiovese from Castellina, is creamy, ample and expressive, with a lovely textural depth and resonance. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and new leather all build in a super-expressive, inviting Riserva loaded with class and personality. The 2016 spent 14 months in neutra lsmall French oak barrels."~AG
Wine Advocate 95+
"Extremely fine tuned and precise, the 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Gallule offers depth and a long succession of delicate nuances with dark fruit, balsam herb, licorice and freshly tilled potting soil. This is a complete and beautiful wine executed in a very classic style. This wine is all about the smaller details, best accentuated with a Porcini mushroom risotto. The Sangiovese grapes are harvested from an ancient terraced vineyard in Castellina in Chianti. A precious few 2,000 bottles were made."~ML
"This wine is made with Sangiovese grapes grown in centuries-old terraced vineyards of the Antico Podere Gagliole. These landmark protected terraces were already famed for their grapes in medieval times. Galluleis the ancient name of the estate."
"Deep ruby red color with garnet hues. Intense aromas of violet, cherries and red berries on the nose matched with pleasant spicy notes. This is a wine of great harmony and remarkable depth, rich and complex, qualities that only old Sangiovese vines can produce. Ideal with roasted or grilled meat, especially rosemary scented roast lamb, pork loin, grilled steak, pan-cooked rabbit; pasta and risottos with sausages or mushroom; polenta; vegetarian dishes, especially porcini mushroom caps; cold cuts and medium cheeses."~Winery Notes
Antico Podere GaglioleView all from Antico Podere Gagliole
Gagliole is a small gem that captures all of Tuscany's beauty. Judiciously cultivated and groomed, small tracts of land created elegant geometric figures on either side of the impenetrable hills. Here, at 1,640 feet above sea level, vineyards of Sangiovese mature under the rays of the sun thanks to splendid exposure to the south-southwest. The age of the vines (3-30 years) is a testament to the painstaking process of reintegration that has taken place here. Monika and Thomas Bär, a noted gallery manager and a Swiss lawyer and banker, respectively, decided to settle in Gagliole in order to return to Tuscany where they met. Over the years, their love of good wine became a true passion that has blossomed into the production of native and international varietals that express the character of their microclimate. The yellow-brownish color of the soil up close becomes the distinct shades of argillaceous loam: it is the argillite that embraces and nurtures the vines. This mineral-poor soil contains just the right amount of humus to give the wine soft, pleasant tones. The delicate balance between soil and climate is the ideal model for crafting elegant wines that reflect this great winemaking patrimony. The cellar is marked by a balance between the modern and the ancient that allows the fruit to be transformed into a great wine. Only state-of-the-art technology is used here and the fermenting vats are temperature controlled. Every year, half of the barriques are replaced in this underground cellar.