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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Piccini

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

  • Machiavelli

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2011

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    Shifting aromas of earth, mushroom and fresh red fruit, red currant and strawberry with good spice and a touch of leather. Good complexity and structure here. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, a touch floral and coming with cinnamon and clove on the mid palate, some more earthy notes of black olive and chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2012

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    Soft red fruits and mineral earth notes on the nose with a touch of violet petal and cranberry. Well developed, sun drenched raspberry and strawberry fruit with plenty of dusty earth, chewy tannins and good balance, finishing clean and light with good length and a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Celebration of 300 Years of Chianti, the Oldest Wine Region in the WorldA Sit Down Tasting with a Selection of Artisanal Cheeses.When: Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Where: Pierre Loti Union Chelsea, 248 West 15th St (just east of 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10011 (wheelchair accessible)Ticket Price: $49Register here: http://www.wineny.com... Read More

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  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been ... ... Or the basic Volpaia Chianti Classico, usually under $20. Casa Ibidini makes a nice Nero d'Avola that can be had for $12-16, pretty widely available. I just bought some Terra d'Oro Barbera for under $10 that I've enjoyed before.  It was seriously on sale, but it's a g... Read More

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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico 2014

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    Dark strawberry and cherry aromas with some smokiness. Tart and astringent palate with high acidity and lots of red fruit, mostly strawberry, raspberry and cherry and a light earthiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I'm not sure about the current availability of these, but in the last few ... at Costco -- Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva -- $16.99 at Costco -- Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage -- $9.99 at Trader Joe' Read More

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  • Placido Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2002

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    Good wine great with food. Smooth with a little sour finish. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Bought 6 bottles Read More

    Wine review by mgproducts


  • Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Gran Selezione Barone Ricasoli 96js 2012

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    nice balance of fruits and spices; rich, plummy, powerful Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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