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

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • Vignamaggio

    Around 230,000 bottles of wine are produced every year, divided between Chianti Classico, Chianti...

  • 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...

  • Caparsa

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by capybara


  • Antinori Passignano Riserva 2001

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    Shocked by the overall Bretty-ness to this wine. Wasn't expecting that at all. However, after much swirling, aerating and sniffing, I was able to find a core of dark red and black fruit. With a positive midpalate of dried herbs and a leathery tannin finish with bitter cherry components. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • 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


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