Castello di Gabbiano

Dark Knight Toscana Red Blend

8.613 ratings
7.31 pro ratings
Tuscany, Italy
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
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Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

7.3

This isn't "bad" per se, but it manages to fulfill most of my personal prejudices against new world styled wine. Too much California and not enough Italy. Darker color. Big black cherry, darker juicy berries, firm tannic finish but utterly lacking in rustic distinction. Super tuscans are like prose poems....Two opposite mediums that when you conflate, there's a responsibility to equally represent both styles. Same idea with super tuscans conflating the positive attributes of California and Italy. This wine so severely expresses California it forgets Gabbiano's vivid Italian history.

This isn't "bad" per se, but it manages to fulfill most of my personal prejudices against new world styled wine. Too much California and not enough Italy. Darker color. Big black cherry, darker juicy berries, firm tannic finish but utterly lacking in rustic distinction. Super tuscans are like prose poems....Two opposite mediums that when you conflate, there's a responsibility to equally represent both styles. Same idea with super tuscans conflating the positive attributes of California and Italy. This wine so severely expresses California it forgets Gabbiano's vivid Italian history.

3 people found it helpfulApr 7th, 2017
Awe Some

I'll play devils advocate. Yes, for a Super Tuscan, it's too California, too oaked, too fruit bomb, too hot, too eager to please, too engineered to impress the co-workers or in-laws, but... but... but... put this beside a La Sughere or similar critical darling, and think of it more as a, say, Justin Isoceles that learned Italian and looks great in a tailored Neopolitan jacket, and it's easier to grow to love its charms.

I'll play devils advocate. Yes, for a Super Tuscan, it's too California, too oaked, too fruit bomb, too hot, too eager to please, too engineered to impress the co-workers or in-laws, but... but... but... put this beside a La Sughere or similar critical darling, and think of it more as a, say, Justin Isoceles that learned Italian and looks great in a tailored Neopolitan jacket, and it's easier to grow to love its charms.

1 person found it helpfulJan 26th, 2019
AJ Thomson

Mineral, wet leaves, dried cherries,

Mineral, wet leaves, dried cherries,

1 person found it helpfulJun 20th, 2018
Deb Hadley

Lots of fruit and spice

Lots of fruit and spice

1 person found it helpfulNov 18th, 2017
Rufus King

Rich, complex Tuscan red blend, dark fruit and spice, at Roberto’s in Ogunquit

Rich, complex Tuscan red blend, dark fruit and spice, at Roberto’s in Ogunquit

Jul 12th, 2019
Holly Morgan

Holly had this 6 months ago

Holly had this 6 months ago

Jun 9th, 2020
Kevin Valles

Kevin had this a year ago

Kevin had this a year ago

Sep 25th, 2019
John Clarke

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

Sep 30th, 2018
Lincoln Hanscom

Lincoln had this 3 years ago

Lincoln had this 3 years ago

Nov 13th, 2017
Katrina Parkinson

Katrina had this 3 years ago

Katrina had this 3 years ago

Oct 15th, 2017