James Suckling 92
“Subtle aromas of raspberries and red plums with hints of roasted meat. Medium to full body, ripe yet tightly wound tannins and a clean finish. Just a baby. Drink from 2020.~JS
Wine Advocate 91
“This wine is an absolute steal. The 2016 Chianti Classico Rubiolo is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot. Most of the grapes come from the Panzano area, and a smaller percentage comes from Castellini in Chianti. Thanks to some of the high-altitude positioning of the vineyards (up to 500 meters above sea level), grapes were harvested late ( in mid- October) in this cooler vintage. This is one of the reasons you get so much fruit freshness with intense berry aromas. The Panzano in Chianti vineyard has old vines planted in compact clay soils with galestro stone. The Castellina area has similar yet slightly looser soils with terraces that show increased vigor and fertility among the plants. This wine is not as dark or dense compared to the 2015 vintage, yet it is fresher and more elegant. Some 50,000 bottles were made.”~ML
Wine Spectator 91
"Bright, bursting with black cherry, iron and earth flavors, this red is rich and supple. Dusty tannins seep in on the finish, but overalll this has an appealing softness. Drink now through 2028."~BS
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.