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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Varietals Produced in Chianti View all

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Prosecco

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Principe Corsini

    Believing in the future, working hard and even risking when the market requires resourcefulness: ...

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

  • DaVinci Wine

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Ruffino Case Sale Chianti Classico "Aziano" 2012

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    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass with great clarity and somewhat ... ... body which is typical of Chianti. The nose exhibits notes of green herbs and tart cherries with light undertones of leather and tar. The taste is very fruit forward with notes of raspberries and plum with bright acidity that transitions to some tart cherry m... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013

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    The color is a bright ruby in the glass with great clarity. The nose is chock ...-chianti.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2010

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    The wine is a lovely garnet hue in the glass with ruby along the edges, and ... ... The nose is classic Chianti, with lovely aromas of blackberry, cherry and some floral aromas of violet and a hint of spice. The taste is quite nice, fruit forward with lots of cherry, plum and a bit of spice, maybe a bit of cumin. The flavors easily transit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ruffino Classico Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2011

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    The wine itself is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity and a ...-chianti.htm 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

    Forum post in the topic Virtual tastings and rumors...


  • Man, so many sources of envy--extra wines delivered, going to Rockpile 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 almost reloade... 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

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    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


  • La Maialina Gertrude IGT 2011

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    Wine review by j1hil2


  • Very interesting, Al.  Thanks for posting.  I have to agree, though, ... d'Alba for $75.A couple Chianti Classicos for less than $100.There also seem to be some good choices in the "Spain" section.  I'll let somebody else comment on the "France" section.On the other hand, it appears that you enjoyed yourself immensely at the restaurant. Good f... 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

    Comment by 461316koojodog 461316 koojodog


  • 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

    Comment by 120483millershrink 120483 millershrink


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