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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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, ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Canaiolo

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

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  • Castell'in Villa

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

  • Fattoria L'Ottavo

    Our wine grows in the soil of the hills of Chianti Classico at an altitude between 300 and 400m a...

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

    Palaia Vineyards "Pa-Lie-Ahh"...named for our winemaker's grandfather, Angelo Palaia who emigra...

  • Aiola

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

  • 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

  • Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Fontodi 1999


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Castello d'Albola Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £14 from the website. Vin Santo [holy wine] is a sweet wine made all over Italy for centuries but the most prestigious ones come from Tuscany. The grapes are dried in the sun before being fermented in oak barrels for three years. Most are white but there are a few red examples.My bottle is w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Was reading article from Decanter they had article on Amarone it states “there are a few permitted grape varieties allowed in Amarone the main ones being Corvina Corvinone Rondinella , plus some lesser ones” would not consider Cabernet and Sangiovese lesser ones,they also list Brigaldara as one of the better Amarones, this is the one with 5% eac... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans

  • Jack - the idea of blends in Chianti isn't the only thing that makes them ... been called Chianti or even Chianti Classico, but instead are labeled as "Toscana" rather than the more "prestigious" appellation.Antinori felt that there was no prestige to Chianti when he made his wine so he didn't call it Chianti and he charged four times as much ... Read More

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  • The "Chianti Reserva" is on both of your choices.  The furthest to the right is "Classico" which simply means that the wine comes from the more central (classic) communes of Tuscany and, by implication, the best.  The "Reserva" simply refers to a minimum of 24 months of aging - in oak, of course.  The grapes may be sourced from anywhere in the D... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Tuscan wines - of which Chianti Classico (and Brunello di Montalcino) form the backbone, inter alia - have changed much from the time I was a lad.  Too much to discuss just now, but glad you got an introduction to one of the truly great wine regions and, indeed, regions of great visual beauty... and, of course, history - which goes back 3,000 ye... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • These just arrived:L - 2015 St. Francis Merlot Reserve Sonoma CountyLM - 2016 ... ... ViognierRM - 2016 Banfi Chianti ClassicoR - 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvign Read More

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  • Randy - I agree up to a certain point - the '15/'16 vintages were ... ... "15 Felsina Bererdenga Chianti Classico was very smooth with tartness, some but not much and the acidity was merely a nice finishing touch.It's the main reason I'm buying into the vintages right now.  Also their ageability is not affected and many will do do just fine wi... Read More

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  • Good man. Chuckle. These arrived today and yesterday.L - The Michele Chiarlo ... ... - The Tenuta di Nozzle Chianti Classico Reserva 2015 (Hint - buy it)L - The Enrique Mendoza Les Quebrada Monastrell 2014R - The Numanthisa Toro (One of my favorites) 20 Read More

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  • The 2015 Pecchenino Dolchetto X 2, the 2015 Capanna Rosso di Montalcino, the ... the 2015 Tenuta de Nozzole Chianti Classico Reserva and the 2015 San Polo Rosso di MontalcinoAnother of the 2016 Limerick Lane RRV Zin, the 2015 Ojai Ben Nacido Syrah, the 2016 Ojai Ben Nacido Pinot Noir and 2013 Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel.And thes... Read More

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