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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Varietals Produced in Chianti Classico View all

  • 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...

  • Canaiolo

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

  • Trebbiano

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Castello di Monastero

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

  • Castell'in Villa

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

  • Casina di Cornia

    In 1979, we discovered the Casina di Cornia farm. Lying on the south-western slopes of the Chiant...

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico

    The “Chianti Geografico Method” makes all the difference; it delivers quality. In a province that...

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Rich red fruit with balancing acid and enough tannin for interest. My best ever Chianti. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • EMARK  a couple of weeks ago you indicated you were surprised that Chianti Classico was not 100% Sangiovese and anything less than 75% had to shown as IGT,well to my shock I was looking at Vino   Noblie only has to 60-80% Sangiovese. I thought it was the same as Brunello which has to be 100% Sangiovese,especially since they use the same variety ... Read More

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  • RBA  "Ooh,Reserve. It must be good".  While most New World ... to do with aging for example Chianti Classico Riserva must be aged 27 months at least,Vin Nobile at least 30 months,  Brunello 5 years with 2 years in barrel or cask, Barolo at least 5 years, Barbaresco at least 4 years. I guess only the buyer can determine if that makes it good! &nbs Read More

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  • For those that have a Costco they a couple I have tried Kirkland brand, the first is Chianti Classico reserve, they evidently buy it from Viila Caffagio which is a single vineyard and is 100% Sangiovese,the next is Chateauneuf du Pape which is $20 the Chianti is $9,investment had both of these,they also had a premier cru chablis around,have not ... Read More

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  • Not sure about the relationship between 'it was a nice bottle' and ... ... for a wine to qualify for Chianti Classico status. Lots of pissing and moaning about how they had to go Super Tuscan in that era if they wanted to release a 100% sangiovese wine. Would seem that allowing 100% only later became possible. Also, of course, heard that some ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Have a condrum bought a bottle Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 DOCG last week from the Costco grand opening,have not seen this wine at any other store in Dallas. I must admit that I enjoyed the wine, however after drinking a glass I picked up a Cab flavor, looked at the bottle it was 85% Sangiovese 10% Cab, 5% Merlot. It tasted ... Read More

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  • Would love to hear more from you, Stephen, on Aussie PNs. A quick and dirty ... mix.Jack, go for it on that Chianti Classico. Chianti historically has rarely been 100% sangiovese, anyway. If you like it then it's good. Blending is part of the winemaker's art.JD (and RCKR), happy anniversar Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2013

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    The color is a deep ruby red. The initial fruit forward aromas are plenty sweet. Notes such as cherry, strawberry, plum, a touch of violet, vanilla, cocoa, Sangiovese spiciness and earthy flint. Soft and smooth on the palate. The tannins are round, with a dry, warm, earthy/powdery finish. The finish is a soft, sweet cocoa finish. It's a very foo... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Tenuta Lilliano Chianti Classico 2013

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    Wine review by armysaint


  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... "It looks just like the Chianti Classico region." So there's no reason to import sand to your beach.  But if you get down into SF and the inner East Bay, the Europhilic tendencies can be very strong at the wine shops.  All those profs at Berkeley who did sabbaticals in E... Read More

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