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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 ...

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Barone Ricasoli

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

  • Casina di Cornia

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

  • Fattoria L'Ottavo

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

  • 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

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006

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    This deep purple seductress reels you in with a smell of hot, smoky berries. In the mouth she rides fast and smooth always leaving you wanting more. Before you know it, you're bound and gagged in a wedding dress. Personal results may vary, slightly... Read More

    Wine review by gdeer81


  • Chianti Leonardo da Vinci 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by kleinbergs


  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Pinot Gri Grigio Tuscany Italy 2007

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    Served chilled. Citrus, tropical fruit, grassy, and floral aromas on the nose. This wine has a smooth texture with bright acidity. Fresh flavors on the palate include green apples and citrus fruits. Light to medium body. The finish is short but clean. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Agricole Querciabella Chianti Classico 6 2006

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    A dark ruby red color. Initially the nose is like a basket of berries in a florist shop but with a little time raspberry fruit comes to the top with hints of fall leaves. Blackberry fruit and orange rind on the initial sip with an earthy, cherry finish and fresh acidity that glides across your palette and leaves you wanting more. This is the ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Castel'In Villa Chianti Classico 2003

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    My first impression was that of a young wine: still tight and closed -- but the 2003 vintage says otherwise. Very subtle aromas leading to much the same in the mouth: searching for flavors but just not getting much fruit. Astringent; at $20 too little for too much. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Castello di Volpaia Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico 2006

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    Very light nose with hints of cherry. In the mouth this wine is either still too young & closed or one that just doesn't have much fruit to offer, but 2006 leads me to believe the latter. The wine left me wanting and searching for more. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Castello Banfi Chianti Classico 2000

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    Really, really good wine. Aroma has earth, plum and herbs. The wine has lots of power with blackberry, herbs and nice long finish. Tannins were initially strong but softened over dinner. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Da Vinci Chianti 2005

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    Enjoyed the Classico very much. Accidently bought other and didn't like at all. Read More

    Wine review by thisisonenonly


  • Flaccianello Della Pieve Tenuta Fontodi Panzano Tuscany 2005

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    2.5 starsNose: medium- intensity with aromas of floral(slight), dried sour cherryPalate: medium+ acidity, medium+ drying tannins (slightly green), flavors of red fruit Read More

    Wine review by lglover


  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico 6 2005

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    2.25 starsAppearance: deep ruby/slight brick at coreNose: medium intensity aromas of toasted marshmellows, red cherryPalate: medium slightly green tannins with flavors of cough syrup (articial cherry), cherry, silty earth Read More

    Wine review by lglover


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