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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Varietals Produced in Chianti Classico View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • Sangiovese

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico

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

  • Castello di Monastero

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

  • Caparsa

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

  • Castell'in Villa

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

  • Barone Ricasoli

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • San Felice Chianti Classico 2011

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    80% Sangiovese, 10% Colrino 10% Pugnitello Classic smoky red fruits greet the nose framed with nuanced dried herbal and tree bark aromas. Sweet fruit, nicely spicy and with a twang floats across the palate showing off a very pretty and aromatic style. The red fruit, ripe but fresh and raspberry toned is punctuated by slightly rough tannins that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Perfumed and floral on the nose, which is filled with aromas of spiced blueberries, minerals, and sweet leather notes. A touch soft, or rather fleshy in the mouth, this is rich with soft, ripe tannins that makes for a bit of a chewy mouthful. Theres plenty of bright cherry and slightly darker berry fruit on the palate that is n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Val Delle Corti Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo High toned on the nose and a bit beefy then smelling gorgeously of earth, herb and spicy red fruit. This opens on the round side of things in the mouth with slightly bricky tannins and tart acids supporting a core of rich and fairly powerful raspberry. The tannins turn more polished in the mouth and through the elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2011

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    90% sangiovese, 10% complimentary red grape varieties Rather explosive on the nose with superbly focused aromas of mineral, dried herbs, and smoky nuances all layered over a base of slightly jammy wild strawberry and lingonberry fruit. Perhaps a touch soft on entry, this then firms up with a fine astringent streak running through the cherry and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Spicy on the nose with a hint of wood adding detail to the raw if not aggressive perfumes of frutti del bosco flecked with hints of seeds and spice adding real complexity. This is downright opulent in the mouth and punching way above its weight class with richness, depth of fruit and a refined quality that makes this a real stand... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have ... of bottle age really helps Chianti Classico, even in these modern times as a 2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico outshined the '10 Monsanto CC Riserva. &nbs Read More

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  • Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

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    A fantastic chianti, this wine is a deep red and has notes of blackcurrant/blackberry and cherry cola, along with savoury /leather like notes. A pleasant green freshness. On the palate this light bodied wine packs lots of acid - we thought it was much better after having a little time to breathe. Once you get past the mouth watering acid it's la... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Castello di Monsanto 'Riserva' Chianti Classico 2010

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    I've had previous vintages of Monsanto Riserva, but I don't think this one matches those. To me the wine does not show the fruity brightness or the tart refreshness that I seek. It's not a bad wine. but I'll pass on future bottles and, maybe, try again when another vintage is available. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Radda in Chianti was chosen by the prestigious Wine Spectator Top100 List ... ... List thanks to the Poggerino Chianti Classico which is also the least expensive among the first 30 wines and the second italian wine in the world. This reports the prestigious international list 2013.top100.winespectator.com/list/ choosing us at number eighteen a... Read More

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  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2010

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    Wine review by smcwhirter


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