Chianti Wine

 

Chianti is perhaps Italy’s most popular wine, and in recent years has come to evoke images of basket-bottomed “fiasco” bottles, red and white checkered table cloths and Hannibal Lecter smacking his lips after reminiscing about sipping it paired with fava beans and a census taker’s liver. The origins of the name are nebulous. Some say its a derivation of “Clango,” “Clangor” or “Clanti” which can all refer to the call of a trumpet or horn, or the cry of a bird, hearkening back to the classical days of hunting expeditions. Others say it’s named for an Etruscan noble family, Clante. But by any name, there is evidence of its early stages as far back as the 14th century.
 
The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de Medici, is credited with creating demarcated subzones in Chianti in 1716. In 1932, these were further subdivided into what now stands as its official zones: Classico (the “heart” of the region and considered Read more »

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  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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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  • DaVinci Wine

    Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins...

  • Rignana

    Surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards, woodland and olive-groves, the Fattoria di Rignana is si...

  • Castello Il Palagio

    The very fest mention of the castle Il Palagio dates back to 1252, though it is thought to be muc...

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

  • Piccini

    Our story begins in 1882 with Angiolo Piccini, from a small family enterprise of only 7ha. Guided...

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

    Perhaps no region of the world personifies the warmth and graciousness of good food and great ...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Recommend trying the Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva...can recall the 2010 being one of the best values at around $25, and just a really nice wine in its own right. Read More

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  • I Veroni Chianti Rufina Riserva 2013

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    Tart strawberry and cherry notes on the nose with some spice and rose petal aromas. This is deceptively tannic in the mouth, demonstrating puckering structure and high acidity with notes of cranberry and strawberry and a finish that's herbal and earthy with good salinity and minerality. Read More

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  • Fair point D, I can imagine Chianti was rough back in the day. It's a wine that's done pretty well in the US due to the name, low cost, and solidness of the grapes/wine I believe.Incidentally, there's another par for the course WB thread ongoing about a Giacosa Doppelgänger for $100 or less.  Read More

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  • "A somewhat tall order, as does not seem up my alley."Nice to go off ... since I was drinking weakass Chianti in those days ('70s, early '80s) which led to Brunellos and Super Tuscans, with a segue to Gaja Sperss. Chianti was so often dodgy then and it was like duck and goose hunting with a .410 but then suddenly given a 12-gauge 3.5-inch magn... Read More

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  • Fattoria I Veroni Chianti Riserva 2009

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    Soft red fruit on the nose with a hint of floral notes and some raspberry preserves. This has nice spice on the mouth with milk chocolate strawberry and cherry notes, chewy tannins, dusty earth and an okay smoky finish. Read More

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  • Fattoria I Veroni Chianti Riserva 2006

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    Dense mineral earthiness, plum, black cherry and strawberry on the nose. Chocolate and black olive on the palate, good fresh acidity and dusty fruit notes of cherry and raspberry. This is quite earthy and has a touch of salinity towards the finish. Read More

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  • Bindi Sergardi Chianti Colli Senesi Al Canapo 2014

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    Absolutely wonderful! One of the best I have had in a while. Perfectly rich and smooth. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico Tenuta Sant'Alfonso 2012

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    Well done. Starwberries and cherries dominate the nose with black currant, earth and oak filling in. Medium chewy tannins meld with balanced acidity to give this mouthwatering and lingering aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • We made a very snap decision to go to the Hollywood Bowl, yesterday.  The ... ... with more glasses of Chianti.H. Bowl Roasted Chicken/Cole Slaw and Alberson's Macaroni Salad Hmm.  This one isn't focussed very well.  The chicken was darned good.  I'll certainly remember that in the future.Dessert:  Cupcakes from Alberson's Actually, that is t... Read More

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  • We loved the Chianti served at Il Latini restaurant in Florence. We tood a picture of the bottle, but failed to capture the year. On the label is "Il Latini Tuscano Russo". Can anybody identify where to purchase (even if I have to order from the restaurant!) We loved it!

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  • i'm trying to find any information about a very large /tall green glass chianti bottle shaped like a woman carry a bottle on her shoulder

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  • How long does a bottle of Chianti last after you open the bottle

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  • i am looking for a store that sells 2006 baroncini sangiovese di toscana cavaicante

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  • Coltibuono 2006 Chianti Classico: Delicious, perfectly balanced, soft tannins, gobs of taught fruit. Perfect with past or meat. A terrific Chianti! M. Miller

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