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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Piccini

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

    The principal types of wine produced, solely from Sangiovese grapes, are the Rosso, which is subj...

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Machiavelli

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Spalletti Chianti 2010

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    The wine is a bright garnet color in the glass with great clarity as is typical with a nice Chianti. The nose is pure Tuscan Sangiovese, with earthy aromas of leather, smoke and peat over a fruit foundation of ripe plum and blackberry. The taste takes be back to a lunch of Tuscan Toast I had in Florence back in 1995, with some ripe blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Been away a lot these days, too, though will have to try hard to reach your ... ilk. How'd it end up on Chianti?As usual won't be able to make it across the pond, even though the idea of such a meetup is more than merely enticing. Will be lucky this summer to get three or four days in a yurt with an outdoor bath on a point overlooking a surfbr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for a visit.


  • No, not in person, but just stopping by for a virtual hello!As some of you ... ... hard at work on a book about Chianti, I'm spending some beautiful summer days indoors transcribing the 100 or so interviews I recorded over the past several months as I get rolling out of research mode and into production mode.I might need something to drink in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for a visit.


  • Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Il Muro Chianti DOCG 2013

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    aromatic, aromas of cinnamon and other spices, cherries and cherry pips, supple berry fruit and just little nuances of oak Read More

    Wine review by FPFM


  • Galioffo Vin Santo del Chianti DOCG 2009

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    butterscotch and a creaminess of texture! Read More

    Wine review by FPFM


  • Spigallo Chianti DOCG 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by FPFM


  • Spigallo Chianti DOCG 2013

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    Fine wine: intense and complex to the nose: black and red berry, spicy note. Read More

    Wine review by FPFM


  • Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 1992

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... the level was into the neck. Chianti is a red wine DOC from Tuscany where viticulture goes back to at least the Romans made mainly from the sangiovese grape.In 1716 the Duke of Tuscany decreed that only wine from certain villages between Florence and Siena could be called Chianti... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2011

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    Very classic aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry. Medium bodied and very refreshing with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, raspberry preserves, black cherry and a clean well balanced finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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

    Comment by 363316jerzygirl 363316 jerzygirl


  • 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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