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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

Gab­biano 2005 Bellezza and Al­leanza GAB­BIANO pro­duces two Su­per Tus­cans, Bellezza (san­giovese) and Al­leanza (75 per cent mer­lot, 20 per cent san­giovese and 5 per cent caber­net sauvi­gnon). I fully ex­pected to en­joy the Bellezza more but the op­po­site was the case. The 2005 Bellezza ($54.99) is a full-bod­ied, pow­er­ful, mus­cu­lar wine but it needs time. The 2005 Al­leanza (94 points, $54.99) is medium-bod­ied with lovely mouth-feel and tex­ture, thanks to silky tan­nins sup­port­ing the black cherry fruit of the palate. The French oak is ev­i­dent but in bal­ance with the al­most flo­ral fruit aro­mas. Th­ese two and the Chi­anti Ris­erva will be sold only through restau­rants. James Halliday

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