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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Trebbiano

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

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • Castello di Monastero

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

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  • I got that email and was tempted to post it here, so good on David for doing ... ... some really good '06 Chianti Classico for less than a five-spot.  I've sold off a case for a still ridiculously cheap price that more than paid for my six bottles.  I have polished off half.  I also bought some Cotes du Ventoux for daily drinking.  That was ba... Read More

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  • EM - May I recommend a beer sampler case from Flying Dog Brewery?  Your ... is the Oyster Stout.LV - The chianti classico riserva looks like a good deal; you should go back and get a cas Read More

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  • I'm on a big Sangiovese binge right now! Here is an incredible Chianti Classico from Costco (yes, Costco) that clocks in at 7 bucks.  This is from Cafaggio and spends 24 months in 2nd use French Oak and another 5 months in bottle before release.  Where else are you going to find that kind of quality for less than 10 dollars?  How about less than... Read More

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  • Ruffino Reserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2010

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    Aroma of plum and cherry and flowers color is deep red. On the palate I tasted cherry, some cinnamon. Medium tannins. A medium finish with noes of chocolate. An amazing wine. Rate it a 93 Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Coltibuono Chianti Classico Rs 2011

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    From kauai pasta Read More

    Wine review by skipmckenzie


  • The Ruffino virtual tasting was perfectly timed to synch up with two great ... ... the Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico.Check out the matchup details here to see which one of these wines wins the pri Read More

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  • We are drinking up the last of our bottles tonight - finishing with ... of ... of the Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico with my father-in-law last night and he enjoyed it quite a bit.  All gone now. Read More

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  • San Guisto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2012

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    Open and demonstrative, the nose shows spiced dried red cherry, dried violets, a subtle savory undercurrent, mineral Earth, and a little cocoa powder. The palate is layered with aromatic dried cherrythat is fresh and subtly sweet, pretty Asian spice, anise, a solid dark cherry core, charred rare beef on the mid-palate, a nice tart bite, and a bi... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    GRAPE VARIETIES80 % Sangiovese15 % Merlot5 % Cabernet sauvignonDEGREE OF ALCOHOL 14 % Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    Grapes80% Sangiovese 15% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon francDegree of Alcohol ... the production of the Brolio Chianti Classico. A traditional reserve, to the distinctive character of Chianti.Tasting notes:Intense ruby red color. Taste notes of vanilla, chocolate, violets and cherries. With warm notes of spices and red fruit in the mouth. Good ... Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


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