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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  • 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 ...

  • Trebbiano

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

  • 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...

  • Ugni Blanc

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

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...

  • Vignamaggio

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Aiola

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Milk chocolate and blackberry preserves on the nose. This is rich, juicy and refreshing in the mouth, providing a lot of depth in a single dimension without being overly complex - fresh fruit, zesty acidity and perky spice make for a wine that's easy drinking and food friendly. Read More

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  • Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Rich mineral complexity and barnyard aromas are fully in control on the nose - barely any fruit making its way through. On the palate this is juicy, firm and vibrant with zesty sour cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit, a hint of herbal licorice and medicine notes and a pleasant earth on the finish. 91 pts Read More

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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Clean, fresh black cherry and blackberry aromas with fresh cinnamon spice and vanilla creaminess on the nose. This is freshly spiced and zesty on the palate, with black currant and black cherry fruit, freshly juiced yet at the same time preserved, thick, rich and textured, with a zesty finish of bold spice that gives way to gripping tannins righ... Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    flavors of cranberry, cherry and strawberry with gripping tannins and a surprisingly easy to drink blend of refreshing acidity, generous fruit and smooth texture. Read More

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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

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    Thick smoke and toasted espresso notes on the nose. Mineral notes of smoked blackberry and black cherry fruit, tart acidity and creamy delicate chocolate and sweet coffee notes towards the finish with cinnamon baking spice. Approachable and easy drinking. Read More

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  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Dark plum and black currant aroams with savory earth encrusted with minerals, dried flowers and herbs. Restrained and tight in the mouth, dry and dusty on entry but developing nicely on the palate with black cherry and cranberry fruit, becoming quite expressive through the midpalate before releasing a pleasant spice and a creamy texture towards ... Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Vigna Casi Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Nicely spiced ripe red fruit notes of strawberry, red currant and cherry. Light on entry with delicate red fruit notes developing into a deeper, richer palate of cranberries, cherries and red currants, fresh acidity and a tart finish. Read More

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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Strawberry and red currant aromas on this delicate floral and fruity nose. Expansive and juicy palate of initially bright cherry fruit with chewy tannins following and dominating the experience with a support of tart red fruit. Read More

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  • Poggerino Bugialla Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Clear strawberry and cranberry aromas. Pleasant, light and fruity on the palate with pure cranberry, cherry and strawberry fruit and an earthy dryness and chunky tannins coming through on the palate. Read More

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Savory, light barnyard notes with rich mineral earth and fresh cherry fruit on the nose. On the palate this is bright and cheerful to start with a floral frame and cherry and cranberry fruit notes that are nicely balanced but bring in classic Chianti tannin and earth towards the warm finish. Read More

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