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 ...

  • Canaiolo

    In the 18th century, Canaiolo actually played a bigger role in Chianti than did Sangiovese. Then, in the 1870s, Betti...

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Trebbiano

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Castello di Monastero

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

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • 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...

  • Caparsa

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

  • Casina di Cornia

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Viticcio Chianti Classico 2009

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    Wine review by jamlani


  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... ... (Paolo Cianferoni) 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Doccio a Mateo  |  2 in stock  |  $34.99 Cinelli Colombini 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  |  1 in stock  |  $49.99 Fèlsina 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva  |  1 in stock  |  $29.99 Felsina 2006 Chianti Classic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Berardenga Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007

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    Dark in the glass. The aroma is slightly tight, a little wound. Red fruits and leather are obvious. On the palate, there is plenty of red berry fruit, medium body and a pleasant bitter black olive component. Balanced and well made. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2010

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    Garnet Red, and amazing again. Viva Fontodi, -William @ Barolo Ristorante. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Reserva Castello di Ama 2009

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    This producer is one that provides "next level" Chianti perennially. The immediate first impression on the nose is of depth, darkness, and complexity. The beautiful rich dark fruit, black cherry and blackberry, has a pleasant hard edge that suggests seriousness. Overlying the fruit is cedar, dried violets, charred sandalwood, faint vanilla bean,... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Lanciola Chianti Classico le Masse di Greve 2008

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    decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • So much good value in Italy...I feel $20-25 spent on Italian wine is on such a higher level than that of California. Why is that? Is it because the land values are such in CA that the grape prices need to be high to justify the land holding costs? Perhaps a portion of that along with the price of skilled labor, and general abundance of quality s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • OT, you're a meanie!  :)Big Al, if you like Ridge labels, try the ... ... I actually got a Gabbiano Chianti Classico last week ($19) for a change. Not everyone has the ability to distinguish accurately the real smells.  It goes along with our taste preferences too.  Even Somms together will throw out differing descriptions.  Ultimately, when y... Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

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    Deep slightly inky and ashy on the nose, coming off as a bit petite sirah style. Inky and pencil lead on entry lead to a soft, big, not very interesting mouthfeel. While this is packed with lots of fruit, a bit dark with notes of boysenberry, and shows some good mineral tones in the mouth, though this lacks a bit of liveliness on the palate. Se... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

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    Deep, earthy, herbal and slightly medicinal aromas of spicy fruit dominate the nose with hints of tobacco and briar adding great complexity and detail with a minty accent emerging with air. On the palate this is moderately rich, a little soft perhaps, but transparent with great purity to the fruit which is fairly ripe with blue and blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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