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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  • Trebbiano

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

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Canaiolo

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

  • Sangiovese

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

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  • Vignamaggio

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

  • Casina di Cornia

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

  • Castell'in Villa

    The main objective at Castell'in Villa is to produce high quality wines from low yielding vineyar...

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • 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...

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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013

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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013

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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013

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  • Recommend trying the Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva...can recall the 2010 being one of the best values at around $25, and just a really nice wine in its own right. Read More

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  • Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico Tenuta Sant'Alfonso 2012

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    Well done. Starwberries and cherries dominate the nose with black currant, earth and oak filling in. Medium chewy tannins meld with balanced acidity to give this mouthwatering and lingering aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mr.E - 36 attendees, 4 servers, 3 cooking = 42 total people here in my backyard ... ... Molino di Grace Chianti Classico - I thought this was a steal of the night. There plenty of power and elegance, earthy tones, wood (cedar), cherry, good body with a good finish.  a QPR wine from the word go.5. Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Ea... Read More

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  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... we ... Rocca di Montegrosso Chianti Classico2012 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico2014 Meini Chianti Borghi D'elsa Thought Read More

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  • Some interesting Chianti Classico, at good prices, vouched for by our very own GDP...   Red soils in ChiantiA “New” Chianti Classico: Gregory Dal Piaz on Lecci e Brocchi"Discovering" great wines today is a crapshoot. Simply put, there are not many producers out there who are both little known and fabulous. One must rely on luck and timing, above... Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... by exposure and altitude, or Chianti Classico vs. other Chianti zones, because there are differences.  You should be able to tell, if you have the same vintage and winemaking, between subzones of Rioja.  All of those areas are large enough that there are some big differences.... Read More

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