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...

  • 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 ...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Barone Ricasoli

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

  • Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • Casina di Cornia

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

  • Castello di Monastero

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

  • Vignamaggio

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Ruffino Classico Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2011


    The wine itself is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity and a bit heavier appearance than the two previous wines we tasted. The nose has a definite fruity characteristic that borders on "jammy" with aromas of ripe berries and cherry compote along with some rustic earthy notes of oak and peat. The taste is very fruit forward, b... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Bottles have arrived.  I checked prices and reviews and, if that's ... go), '06 (very good, but Chianti Classico really excelled and is a better deal), '07 (nice, but a little simple so far), '08 (showing really well young). The basic Brunello got good reviews, the Riserva nothing lower than 90, FWIW.  (Jancis didn't love it, giving it 15.5). ... Read More

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  • Man, so many sources of envy--extra wines delivered, going to Rockpile with ... with ... it was a 2006 Chianti Classico from Villa Rogole, a Zonin product that restored my interest in the discounter.  But today was Last Bottle Marathon day--did anyone pull the trigger?  Not as hip as Berserker Day, but I say a couple interesting deals.  I alm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Very happy to be talking wine with others who appreciate/love it. My husband ... week visiting estates in the Chianti Classico region. I'm a big fan of the Sangiovese grape and I'm eager to learn from others who have traveled to Italy and stopped by wineries, both large and small. Thank yo Read More

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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico Dentro 2011


    HEB, Granbury, Texas. I love all wines, but Sangiovese has a special place on my tongue. The Rooster rarely lets you down. This bottle no exception to my Rooster rule. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Villa a Sesta 'Il Palei' Chianti Classico Toskana DOCG 2005


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    Wine review by xfer

  • 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


    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

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