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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  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • Castell'in Villa

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

  • 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...

  • Fattoria L'Ottavo

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

  • Barone Ricasoli

    For ten consecutive centuries, the property and the superior management of Brolio had always b...

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Ruffino 2004

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    a very pleasant, vibrant offering from ruffino, i was delightully surprised that this montepulciano holds up well to very spicy foods, not losing its flavor profile of plum, blackberry and a medium tannin. a great varietal if you're just starting to delve off the common path with red wines. Read More

    Wine review by julesibub


  • San Crispino Chianti Classico 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by jfoland


  • Montescondo Chianti Classico 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Antinori Chianti Classico Badia a Passignano Riserva 2002

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    Could not be smoother, absolutely love this. Not your grandpa's Chianti. Read More

    Wine review by DB107


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006

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    Nice expression of Sangiovese fruit. I thought it was in balance. Good buy at $12 but at full retail not worth it. Read More

    Wine review by gjsliney


  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2000

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    The wine was a beautiful color in the glass - clear ruby to sapphire. I could't get much of the nose. A little light and thin in the mouth. Complex, refined flavors, cherries dominate but the fruit lags behind a bit - after it was open for a couple of hours there was a hint of juniper berry but it was fleeting. It did go well with the pork roast... Read More

    Wine review by afinta


  • Querciavalle Chianti Classico Riserva 1999

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    I was more than pleasantly surprised by this wine. I decanted it for over an hour, and it was a beautiful, brilliant, bright and clear ruby-sapphire when poured. The nose was a little light (my wife wanted to know if she was crazy to say "honey" - I said no - that could come from the oak), but on the palate it was full of ripe fruit - not as pep... Read More

    Wine review by afinta


  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2001

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    Great buy for the price. Soft red fruit, great acid and considerable tannin. Perfect for food or a cool summer night. Read More

    Wine review by vinoquintin


  • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG 2003

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    Blew my fucking mind. Hay/tobacco/leather on cherry/plum/raisin with a really nice nose, just the right acid, just the right body, which is to say pretty strong. Read More

    Wine review by andrewlevitt257


  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Pinot Gri Grigio Tuscany Italy 2007

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    Wine review by capybara


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