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

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • Fattoria L'Ottavo

    Our wine grows in the soil of the hills of Chianti Classico at an altitude between 300 and 400m a...

  • Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico

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

  • Barone Ricasoli

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

  • Aiola

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2010

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    A bit musty, chalky and lean on the nose some bright raspberry fruit and dusty framing notes. Clean and fresh in the mouth with great cut not he palate and mineral freshness to the vivid red berry fruit. This is long, juicy and clean, but is simple if in the classic high acid, energetic style. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2010

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    Fresh, pure and very fruity on the nose with layers of raspberry and strawberry fruit with hints of toasty oak spice and sundried tomatoes along with a touch of VA. A touch chewy on entry, this is slow to open in the mouth and compact with some wood tannin and sweet toast urging under the bright fruit. Cool, elegant and long on the palate, this ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2010

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    What a lovely nose, quite herbal, spiky, and complex with a fine blend of dried herbs, hot stones, sweet spices, leather, cranberry and some worcestershire sauce all given added lift by a hint of VA. Sweet yet compact in the mouth with finely ripe but classically angular Sangiovese tannins. With air this gains some weight, and loses a bit of cl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2010

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    A touch leathery on the nose with a relatively dark fruit profile framed with earth and floral nuance. Dark, compact and edgy in the mouth with spiced black cherry and black raspberry fruit. This is big, rich and complete with a fleshy feel and fine structure that shows zesty acids not he finish along with a hint of heat. Really very nicely done... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marchesi Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2010

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    Wine review by nventure


  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Roberto Stucchi 2011

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    Wine review by Mrs Chicago


  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Cannaiolo. Colorino. Sangiovese Tuscany Chianti Classico 2005

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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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  • I'm finding that I've stopped drinking - and therefore buying - the ... ... reds, and a well-made Chianti Classico can be a thing of beauty. Argentinian Malbec, Chilean Carmenere are also great foils for steak, and the 2009 and 2010 petit chateau clarets are also drinking beautifully - especially when served with a tender rump of lamb, but ha... Read More

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  • OT, if you like the fruit, 3Wines (Matt Cline) bottles Evangelho at a great ... ... 2009 Molino di Grace Chianti Classico, 2007 Contemassi (my "daily Super Tuscan") with a big pizza feed for my older daughter's friends and their parents.  (The 5th graders did not drink wine.)Friday I had a Georgian wine flight while waiting for my dinner comp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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