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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  • Prosecco

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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 ...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Something of a sharp nose with berry influence. Light berry/cherry on the tip of the tongue. Mid-strength tanninenough to get your attention, but not enough to scare those who are tannin-averse. A similar note on the acidenough to get your attention, but that is it. Medium-bodied. Pleasant, though not exceptional, aftertaste. For $15 I can... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Toscolo Chianti Classico DOCG 2009

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    Wine review by hstudio


  • Bottom feeding with backvintage, 06 and 08, Barolo. I just tasted through 2012s ... 2012s ... also been buying Chianti to taste for the book. A bottle here and a bottle there but that all added up.Chianti is definitely going to be attracting more of my dollars. Prices can be low, quality is high, the style of wine particular, so it's never goi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Ripe raspberries and cherries on the nose showing pure and fresh with clumps of smooth clay and earth. Deep full and rich palate of creamy red raspberry and cherry, light licorice notes and a hint of herb on the finish with a touch of ripe acidity that balances the ripe fruit well.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I'll be in the area of that new Total Wine this weekend, but I would rather ... ... parmesan with a Querceto Chianti from... Grocery Outlet.  Pretty sure I spent less than $9 on the wine.  If you like your reds with a good jolt of acid and some body, this is for you.  Not thin, but definitely no soft, round fruit bomb.  I liked it, and I think ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Yeah but it's tough. He said edge of the rust belt - not sure where exactly ... variety. For example, "Chianti" is something people know. If you asked them what that was, I suspect most people wouldn't be sure if it was a grape or someplace in Italy and they surely wouldn't be able to tell you the names of more than two or three producers, if t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Okay, if the Italian is okay, try these:  Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva.  (Riserva! under $20!  Ageable!)  Molino di Grace Chianti.  Usually around $16 but it has been creeping up as the reputation spreads.  English businessman bought underperforming vineyard and winery and did great stuff without charging extortionate prices.  H... Read More

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  • I had a good ol' darn Ruffino reeserva ducale Chianti 2011.  I always forget how much I like it.  Cheap, reliable and a beautiful nose.  Definitely leaner than what I usually like, but a nice change.  I'm glad you're staying true to yourself Greg ;) Read More

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  • Stop drinking those Fenoccchios so young!  An early drinking Barolo ... I ... I had a I Sodi del Paretaio Chianti that I paid 11.50 for that was spot on, actually more typcial of good Chianti than a Castellare di Castellina CCR I had the other night.Going back a way, JD, the reason the Sangio that RBA drank was IGT is that it was from Puglia. ... Read More

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  • One wonders why they chose to or had to go through IGT for that Sangiovese, ... so young. Maybe out of the Chianti zone, or using an unconventional blend, etc Read More

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