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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Castell'in Villa

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

  • Aiola

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

  • Caparsa

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • Barone Ricasoli

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

  • Castello di Monastero

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

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Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


    Dark translucent purple in the glass. Spicy, woody nose. Smooth, but assertive entry to the palate. Not a lot of fruit, this is a real wine, not a cherry syrup flavored drink. Hint of, get this, cinnamon. Fairly light acids, No tannin bite at all on the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Here's what will be poured:Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2012Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010 Read More

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  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2012


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    Wine review by ellaizee

  • I was in Total Wine yesterday, looking for that Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva which they did not have.  I should have gone looking for a few Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon's to do my own research.  Alas, the wine card balance is rather high already so I only bought a bottle of another Chianti Classico which turned out to be pretty decent. Read More

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  • I bought the Enkidu based on your rec, Emark.Awww, shucks. I suppose I ...  Compared to this, the Chianti Classico, that DM nailed as being built for American tastes, is pretty darned good.The research continues. And before I give up the floor, welcome MontalcinoBoy, to the Forum.  More input regarding old world wines will be greatly appreciate Read More

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  • "OK, it's not a Gran Selezione, but it is, at least, from the right ... have also been trying a few Chianti Classico's over the past few weeks.  Nothing has blown me away yet, but then again, we haven't spent too much either.  They generally are quite tasty wine Read More

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  • Sounds like it may be something marketed for the 'American ... have also ... have also been trying a few Chianti Classico's over the past few weeks.  Nothing has blown me away yet, but then again, we haven't spent too much either. Al, keep your eye out for Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. It is a favorite on this and other boards, and can be... Read More

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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2010


    Various red fruit aromas along with some geranium hints. On the tongue there is a lot of that red fruitred raspberry, a touch of cherry. Not as much acid as I would normally expect from a Chianti. Very tame on the tannin. Suggestion of mint on the aftertaste. A reasonably priced everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I have been informed by my sweetie that she had a Chianti Classico.  I never saw that on the wine menu for glasses of wine, as I was more focused on the bottles.  So it was Italian, not French.Right now we are enjoying a small glass of a Pinot Noir Grappa.  The weather out here is getting worse, almost blizzard conditions.  It will be below zero... Read More

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