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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • Ugni Blanc

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

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  • Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico

    The “Chianti Geografico Method” makes all the difference; it delivers quality. In a province that...

  • Casina di Cornia

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

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • Aiola

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

  • Barone Ricasoli

    For ten consecutive centuries, the property and the superior management of Brolio had always b...

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Strada Al Sasso Chianti Classico Riserva 2010


    Dusty, dry and concentrated red berry aromas with dark cherry and baking spice notes. This is brooding and full bodied with a dark chocolate and ripe black cherry flavor profile leading into a thick smoke and rich spice towards the finish that is chewy with tannin and full of blackberry fruit. Read More

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  • Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013


    Tasted from a large format bottle.Ripe cherry, black pepper and red currant aromas with floral highlights. Juicy, fresh and expressive yet tight cranberry, violet and red currant flavors on the palate - this is dry and earthy with a touch of medicine but brings a bright acidity through the mid palate to a complex finish of dark chocolate and bla... Read More

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  • San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013


    Elegant floral aromas of rose petal and white blossom, strawberry preserves and a cherry licorice note. Dry and concentrated tomato leaf and herb aromas with an earthy toast and a savory finish. Read More

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  • Barone Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013


    Perfumed notes of ripe black cherry with sweet spice and creamy vanilla bean. Austere, round fruit flavors of bright cherry and tart cranberry, enveloping and refreshing to start and developing a fair bit of spice through the mid palate with a smoky earth and fresh herbs on the finish. 90 pts Read More

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  • Rocca di Montegrossi San Marcellino Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012


    Mineral salinity on rich fruit aromas of strawberry and red currant with creamy milk chocolate and oak spice notes. Warm and spicy on the palate with a continued minerality, fresh earth and bright acidity running through the mid palate - this delivers a fine fruit palate of ripe cherry and raspberry with great structural elements and an herbal, ... Read More

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  • Nozzole Chianti DOCG 2007


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  • Not so fast my fine friend - we're here, in my case with more work than I ... the Felisina Berardenga 2013 Chianti Classico is one of my favorites in it's class - been drinking it since the '04 vintage and it continues to satisfy.Happy New Year Everybody!  Pa Read More

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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2015


    Light-bodied red wine. Pretty much what I expect from a Chianti. Light-bodied. Light red fruit flavor. The most noticeable characteristic is tartness. Easy drinking. Even on a hot summer day. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013


    Rich red fruit with balancing acid and enough tannin for interest. My best ever Chianti. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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