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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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

    In the countryside east of Florence, where the Sieve flows into the Arno, the land of Rùfina stre...

  • Rignana

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Tonight we celebrated Sandra's parents 59th wedding anniversary (the actual ... bottle night, so we chose a Chianti Classico to share between Sandra's dad (Bob), Sandra and myself.  I've had better wine as this seemed a little too tart for my liking but at least it was a 2008 like it said on the menu.  The food was very good and everyone had a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Chianti was also held for about a year, half of that time in my active wine fridge I'd say. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • Epic Dolcetto had last night, absolutely crushed the Chianti Classico, but it wasn't a fair fight really. Something wrong about the CC, since this was my second bottle. Again found a bit of a gamey note here, over ripe, and not so fresh, which is a deal breaker.Anyhow, this is a game changing Dolcetto for me. The two neighbors I had over were ra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • OT'll kick my butt but I'll weigh in here already with a 'you got ... 'fava beans with good Chianti' allusion. All the while he has one of his female victims in a small cage down in the basement, which he checked on while going to pull the Clinet from the cellar rack.The family that bought Clinet in 1998 soon passed it to their son who loves s... Read More

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  • Blanton Bourbon the Original Single Barrel Bourbon 2004

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    I just compared my old 2004 to the new 2014 I picked up today. Both have more similarities than differences, Although the 2004 is slightly more open and less aggressive there is more in common between them Either was a great bourbon Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva Tuscany 2010

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    This popular Frescobaldi Chianti Classico has a beautiful nose of cherry, cedar, mushroom and fruit lollypop; the wine has a smooth, cherry-flan entry and a very balanced flavour and finish. Well made and an excellent bargain - if you can find it - from a great vintage. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Thank you for a list of restaurants)I remember when we were in Prague - went ... been shocked - it was seems Chianti 2008! just gorgeous! he Read More

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  • 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


  • 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

    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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