Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico is one of the best values out there, not just for Chianti but for red wine in general. Wine Spectator gave the 2008 vintage a full 90 points, yet you can still find this wine (if you are lucky) at Costco for only $13! While we don’t consider Wine Spectator to be the ultimate authority on wine, they are on the money with the good things they say about this one. And we always appreciate a wine that you can pick up at Costco, because who doesn’t like doing their wine shopping in a warehouse?
The Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, all grown in Radda across the 2,100 acres that Castello D’Albola has under cultivation. The wine is a deep red hue and has an enchanting floral aroma with hints of berries and vanilla. It is a very dry wine that nicely balances the red fruit flavors with the tannins.
The versatile flavors of the Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico make for easy food pairings. The simplest option for a wine like this is grilled beef (always classic). If you want to be on the fancier side, it could be a nice filet. If you want the opposite, it would pair equally well with a nice burger. If you aren’t a beef fan, it could also pair nicely with some robust cheese.
You can pick up a bottle of Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico for around $15 just about anywhere fine wine is sold. As previously mentioned, you can even find it at Costco for only $13. At that price, wherever you find it, you should buy a few bottles to stock up. This one is a winner.
This review is based on a sample provided by Casa Vinicola Zonin.