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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Principe Corsini

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

  • 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 ...

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Rignana

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Azienda Agricola Il Tarocco Chianti Classico 2011

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    Good Chianti, available at Trader Joe's. Full bodied, smooth, lots of red fruits, light tannins and pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2010

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    This Chianti Classico Riserva by Marchesi Mazzei is a great find; the nose evokes a bucolic setting with sedge grass, wild herb, cranberry, cherry and (yes) hard, wrought iron! The palate receives an elegant panoply of sweet cherry and almond with a dollop of fruit sugar. This is an astounding value. Has some acid and structure for further ag... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Monrosso Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2010

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    Delicious. Rich and heavy. Perfect to pair with strong flavors. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Carpineto Toscana Molin Vecchio 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • The best thing to do would be try some.  Try a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Chianti.  They should be pretty mellow.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help


  • Placido Chianti 2012

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    enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Al, to the best of my knowledge, they would be considered Super Tuscans.  ... It differentiates them from Chianti, and Barolo and Brunello, which all have strict rules due to their DOCG status.  The Tuscans are a "lower" classification (Indicazione Geografica Tipica or IGT).  The il fauno was about 60% Merlot, with the other Bordeaux varieties... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Il Muretto Chianti Riserva 2008

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    Interesting one. Purchased from Jubilation. Ruby red just turning a bit brown ... ... Not familiar enough with Chianti enough to see where this one fits, but not bad and unexpected taste...but then again, maybe the mustiness was 'corked'. will try another bottl Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010

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    Bad taste no body Read More

    Wine review by Junisin


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... blend, just like they did in Chianti in the 1970s and in Austria in the 1970s, and there's some really good bikaver made these days. The composer Franz Liszt, who was Hungarian, loved the bikaver from Szekszárd and the first references to that wine are about the Szekszárd version. But ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • 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!

    Comment by 731457brendafitz 731457 brendafitz


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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

    Comment by 432139shaver 432139 shaver


  • 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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