Chianti Classico Wine

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Chianti Classico is the heart of the Chianti zone in the Tuscany region of Italy. It was awarded the distinguished DOCG status, the “superior” labeling level of Italian wine, in 1996, (Chianti made it to DOC in 1984). The word “classico” also refers to the fact that this area was the original zone where this Sangiovese-based wine was first produced, the “classic” zone. 
 
Fun fact: All bottles of Chianti Classico have a seal depicting a black rooster (gallo nero). The story goes that in the 13th century, Florence and Siena, who had been fighting over the Chianti territory for many, many years, decided to settle their dispute once and for all. They mutually agreed to have horse riders leave their respective towns at dawn, and where the two horses met would be the final boundary, senza scuse. Those shrewd Florentines had a black rooster which they starved for days. The day of the proposed meeting, the hungry rooster crowed much earlier than dawn Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Canaiolo

    In the 18th century, Canaiolo actually played a bigger role in Chianti than did Sangiovese. Then, in the 1870s, Betti...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Caparsa

    Caparsa Winery is a little winery of Radda in Chianti (Siena) in Italy. It produce by organic met...

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

    Fonterutoli is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills facing the Val d...

  • Aiola

    Aiola castle has been known since the Middle-Ages being one of the most important Sienese strong...

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Castell'in Villa

    The main objective at Castell'in Villa is to produce high quality wines from low yielding vineyar...

  • Castello di Monastero

    Thirty years ago, a successful industrialist decided to devote himself to his great passion: wine...

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2014

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    From all angles this is classic Chianti Classico. The floral cherry with soft earth on the nose opens for a textured palate of fresh cherry, raspberry fruit and a pleasant earth, fresh spice and an earthen finish. Not daring in any way but pleasant, approachable and a safe bet. Read More

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  • Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2013

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    Sulfur, smoke and earth obscure muted fruit on the nose. On the palate this is darkly plummy with a hint of flower petal, more smoke and rich minerality with a smoldering earth finish. Read More

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  • Poggerino Chianti Classico 2014

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    Fresh cherry pie filling and savory minerality on the nose. Tart, fresh and zesty on the palate, this starts off with bright cherry and cranberry notes and turns chewy and earthy on the finish, with fantastic spice throughout. 90 pts Read More

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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2015

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    Clean, light aromas of cherry and potpourri. Potent spice and a bright acidity greet the palate but this is actually quite brooding in the mouth, showing good fresh spice and an earthy, herbal character towards the mid palate that's part birch bark, part oak and a smoky finish with gripping tannins. 89 pts Read More

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  • Istine Chianti Classico 2014

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    Floral cherry and violet petal notes with red licorice. A bit tart on the palate, simple but pleasant raspberry and cranberry notes and a bit of earth on the finish. Read More

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  • Riecine Chianti Classico 2014

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    A bit of heat on the nose with a pervasive, slightly inorganic note, but paired with ripe berry and fresh flower aromas. On the palate this has talcum powder and strawberry fruit with a tart acidity and cranberry on the finish. Read More

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2014

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    Darkly spiced and earthy on entry with plum and black currant fruit. Dry and sandy textured in the mouth, this has a rich mineral palate and tart red fruit flavors with a medium finish of herb and cranberry. Read More

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  • Principe Corsini le Corti Chianti Classico 2014

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    Savory cured meat and brown sugar aromas with concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose. Full bodied on the palate with a pleasant floral note floating on top of chocolate cherry, strawberry and fresh berry fruit notes, a chewy tannic structure and a finish of blueberry pie filling. 91 pts Read More

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  • Poggio Al Sole Chianti Classico 2014

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    A bit savory on the nose with light cherry and red currant aromas and moist earth. This is a bit simple in the mouth, with tart cherry and raspberry fruit, a shock of acidity and a pleasant earthy spice on the finish. Read More

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  • Castello di Radda Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Angular, heady and bold on the nose with deep black fruits and a touch of tobacco. A bit lighter on the palate, cranberry, strawberry and cherry fruit with an herbal green note coming through amidst cinnamon spice and eucalyptus on the finish. Read More

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