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...

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  • Castello di Monastero

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2009

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    Continually a favorite at the PFWC this is a perfect food or just sipping wine. Cherries, raspberries, pepper and spice and who knows what else, this 6 year old Riserva is gushing with personality and vibrancy. Plenty of structure and a lengthy aftertaste makes you wonder if it could have sat longer. Drinking well right now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2007

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    A Top 100 wine that is just now coming into it's own, though it has been a good drinker for 2-3 years now. This was my last bottle. Typical chianti structure and framing. Dark cherries, plum and dirt blend well with florals and spice to present a distinctive and outstanding bottling of this yearly powerhouse. Excellent with chicken bruchetta, pa... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Something of a sharp nose with berry influence. Light berry/cherry on the tip of the tongue. Mid-strength tanninenough to get your attention, but not enough to scare those who are tannin-averse. A similar note on the acidenough to get your attention, but that is it. Medium-bodied. Pleasant, though not exceptional, aftertaste. For $15 I can... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Toscolo Chianti Classico DOCG 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by hstudio


  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Ripe raspberries and cherries on the nose showing pure and fresh with clumps of smooth clay and earth. Deep full and rich palate of creamy red raspberry and cherry, light licorice notes and a hint of herb on the finish with a touch of ripe acidity that balances the ripe fruit well.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Okay, if the Italian is okay, try these:  Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva.  (Riserva! under $20!  Ageable!)  Molino di Grace Chianti.  Usually around $16 but it has been creeping up as the reputation spreads.  English businessman bought underperforming vineyard and winery and did great stuff without charging extortionate prices.  H... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala 2011

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    Dusty and earthy tomato leaf and red currant notes on the nose with light cranberry and cherry. In the mouth, this shows well with rich red fruit, mostly cranberry and cherry and chalky earth, fresh violet and bold acidity. Nice long finish with mixed berries.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2012

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    Currently my favorite Chianti! I typically have this imported by the case. I'm not good with describing the tastes at this time but I hope to get better and come back to update my review. Read More

    Wine review by BWeed


  • Quite the hodpodge tonight. Took over some Quivet Syrah to a new friend's ... made it all the better.The Chianti Classico, no surprise, was the best foil for the italian food, which was a good mushroom/pepperoni pizza, with some angel hair - tomato sauced pasta w/ shrimp, calamari, and fish. Anyway, this was a nice even CC with a little flair ... Read More

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  • Hopefully you were just having a moment there Red, as we'd obviously like ... range. Rioja from Spain and Chianti Classico form Italy are two examples of really good and solid red wine you can find in that price range. I've even had some really nice White Rioja by CVNE for about $ Read More

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