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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • 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 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...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Viticcio Bere Toscana 2011

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    50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot Stoney and sweet on the nose like Ive been crushing pomegranate seeds and strawberries all day with a leather handled mallet on an old stone counter. Soft on entry, then the acids retain to the palate supporting light strawberry and raspberry fruit. The tannins are very light here, sparse woul... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sorry about the Monprivato, but two things to note:  '07 wasn't a ... ... out of the house.  Chianti might also happe Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Oh, crap, I posted on the doozy thing on your other thread.It rained in Santa ... ... were $15--cheaper than Chianti.  Oh, well.)I might bring some kofte kebabs, but I'll let you know maybe Thurs.GT, seriously, the Gigondas would be my pleasure.  After all, you and Eric G were so generous in NYC, not to mention that you got me in at VinItaly ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... ... (Paolo Cianferoni) 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Doccio a Mateo  |  2 in stock  |  $34.99 Cinelli Colombini 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  |  1 in stock  |  $49.99 Fèlsina 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva  |  1 in stock  |  $29.99 Felsina 2006 Chianti Classic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • VV, that's terrific reporting.  But shouldn't one say Montelena is ... is ... (BTW, Grace's Chianti is a solid everyday wine around here and goes for $15--second in Chianti consumption here to Monsanto's CCR at a few bucks more.  If you have pizza at my house, you'll probably get the Grace Read More

    Forum post in the topic Merci - Provence 2014


  • Berardenga Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007

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    Dark in the glass. The aroma is slightly tight, a little wound. Red fruits and leather are obvious. On the palate, there is plenty of red berry fruit, medium body and a pleasant bitter black olive component. Balanced and well made. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • My favorite wine is Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino - but I can't afford ... and fell in love with their Chianti.  But I have a lot of different wines I really like.  Just wish I had more folks in my life that liked wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Everyone on Snooth!


  • Penny Stamp Chianti 2012

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    Very good wine for the cost. Smooth complex taste. Great with food or by itself. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by vanir


  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2010

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    Garnet Red, and amazing again. Viva Fontodi, -William @ Barolo Ristorante. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Reserva Castello di Ama 2009

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    This producer is one that provides "next level" Chianti perennially. The immediate first impression on the nose is of depth, darkness, and complexity. The beautiful rich dark fruit, black cherry and blackberry, has a pleasant hard edge that suggests seriousness. Overlying the fruit is cedar, dried violets, charred sandalwood, faint vanilla bean,... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


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