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

  • 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...

  • Prosecco

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

  • 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 View all

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Rignana

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

    The farm is made up of about 50 hectares of woodlands, vineyards and olives. Ten of these hecta...

  • Villa di Geggiano

    AZIENDA AGRARIA BIANCHI BANDINELLI (PRODUCERS OF FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY) The Owner...

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • Machiavelli

    Country: Italy Wine region: Tuscany Address: Loc. Sant'andrea In Percussina , San Casciano In Va...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Glad to hear she's coming back, Jack.I don't think I've ever seen a Kirkland Chianti in my local Costco.  The powers that be at Costco are, in fact, pretty smart.  I know that one of their philosophies is to make each visit to Costco a "treasure hunt."  It works with me.I received a solicitation from Rhys, today.  It's been a few years since I'v... Read More

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  • Thank y’all for the kind words,she is doing much better, well enough to ... did buy a couple of Kirkland Chianti reserva,we discussed last year if Kirkland would stay with the producer, they have for the last three vintages. It is from Villa Caffagio which has average price of $27 the Kirkland is $8 while I agree it may not their very best but... Read More

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  • Corsican wine Some internet research indicates that the niellucciu grape ... is almost like a "soft Chianti."  Lots of bright red berry fruit, but not quite as tart,  A fairly light-bodied wine that is, even though it's not revelatory, at the price it is a darned good win Read More

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  • Castello di Radda Chianti Classico 2014

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    Fresh and clear aromas of cherry and strawberry on the nose with a touch of spice. This is easy drinking on the palate with fresh ripe cherry notes and some red currant, and a soft spice running throughout bolstered by good acidity and a bit of tannin on the finish. 89 pts Read More

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  • La Madonnina la Palaia Chianti Classico 2013

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    Bourbon barrel nose of dark chocolate, cherry and medicine. Distinctive candied milk chocolate and cherry palate, creamy yet quite dry and tannic. Read More

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  • Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2015

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    A bit of toast and tar greets the nose with black pepper and black cherry fruit notes. Bright and fun palate of fresh raspberry and cherry, bold spice, crisp acidity and a chocolatey tannin that washes through on the finish with tannin and oak spice. 90 pts Read More

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  • Piegaia Chianti Classico 2013

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    Floral cherry blossom and sour cherry aromas with earthy spice. Rich mineral earth, smoke and brooding dark chocolate with baking spice and black cherry hiding behind a wall of tannin, oak and resin. Good acidity throughout. Read More

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  • Ceppeto Chianti Classico 2013

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    Lightly floral aromas are a bit hot with cherry and red currant notes. Juicy and generous black fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry and a chewy texture finishes with a touch of black pepper and chocolate. Read More

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  • Querciavalle Chianti Classico 2012

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    Earthy and resinous on the nose with notes of smoke, sour cherry and strawberry. Lively and bright on the palate with fresh cherry and raspberry fruit flavors, a focused acidity battling rough tannins and a mixed berry finish. Read More

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  • Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2014

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    From all angles this is classic Chianti Classico. The floral cherry with soft earth on the nose opens for a textured palate of fresh cherry, raspberry fruit and a pleasant earth, fresh spice and an earthen finish. Not daring in any way but pleasant, approachable and a safe bet. 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

    Comment by 120483millershrink 120483 millershrink


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