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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Casina di Cornia

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

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

  • Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico

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

  • Castello di Fonterutoli

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

  • Caparsa

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

  • Fattoria L'Ottavo

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

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  • Melini Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2010


    Deceptive nomenclature - because it is Melini behind the fancy name - so has some pedigree (established 1705) in the Classic region of Tuscany. The nose is cheerfully cherry (if I may be permitted this alliterative) with some Mediterranean earth and herb; decant, and you will enjoy the bitter chocolate, cherry and youthful finesse of this wine.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2010


    This Chianti Classico Riserva by Marchesi Mazzei is a great find; the nose evokes a bucolic setting with sedge grass, wild herb, cranberry, cherry and (yes) hard, wrought iron! The palate receives an elegant panoply of sweet cherry and almond with a dollop of fruit sugar. This is an astounding value. Has some acid and structure for further ag... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano 2011


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2012


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Chianti Classico Felsina 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Chianti Classico Riserva Felsina 2010


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  • Hello fellow wine enthusiasts, I got a bottle from a friend, at auction ($). I want to surprise her with a great meal to go along with it on her birthday; she doesn't care for red wine, except Concord Grape or Blackberry Manischewitz wine. Any suggestions; want to serve 3 courses and champagne, so I want another bottle of wine to serve as well. ... Read More

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  • Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2010


    Decent. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Solaia Antinori Premier 2003


    Di colore rosso rubino, al naso di grandissimo impatto con note fragranti di frutta rossa e spezie. Un vino di grande persistenza , dai tannini soffici ed elaborati. Un vino di grande struttura equilibrio. Un vino dal sapore e dall'aroma minerali, un vino aristocratico, semplicemente superlativo. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio

  • I have 2012's Chianti Classico available that destroy this Fabled wine, at 38.  (25 cork?)*Soon it will be OK to bring BGCT2012, she is coming off our list, at least if I have a say.Be patient. (pause)---- as if I am talking to someone who didn't just buy BG at a Box Store 10mins ago.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic #1 Wine Dining faux pas nominee

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