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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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Luciano Bruni

    The Siena area lies on sweet, sunny hills, caressed by light winds, sprinkled by moderate, season...

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

  • Piccini

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

  • 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...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2013

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    The color is a deep ruby red. The initial fruit forward aromas are plenty sweet. Notes such as cherry, strawberry, plum, a touch of violet, vanilla, cocoa, Sangiovese spiciness and earthy flint. Soft and smooth on the palate. The tannins are round, with a dry, warm, earthy/powdery finish. The finish is a soft, sweet cocoa finish. It's a very foo... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Jack's post intrigued me.  I'd always thought that Chiantis/Chianti Classicos were 100% Sangiovese.Not true.According to this Wikipedia entry, since 1996, wines from this region must be 75% to 100% Sangiovese.  Blending is OK, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are not uncommon.I guess that any wine from this region that has less than 75% Sangiov... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I saw that Sandrone Valmaggiore on sale a little while ago, and it's ... ... serviceable and inexpensive Chianti for my own use.  &nbs Read More

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  • Great one, Mark.  Note the 12.5 percent ABV. Drank a 2014 Castel ... ... ... sharper in acid, like Chianti, but it was there on the shelf.  And it's only a $15 wine.  But total overperformer.  Chocolate notes that I often get from dark lagreins, and this one was dark--nearly opaque purple.  Tannins that are mature beyond their years.  Enough ... Read More

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  • Tenuta Lilliano Chianti Classico 2013

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    Wine review by armysaint


  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... "It looks just like the Chianti Classico region." So there's no reason to import sand to your beach.  But if you get down into SF and the inner East Bay, the Europhilic tendencies can be very strong at the wine shops.  All those profs at Berkeley who did sabbaticals in E... Read More

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  • JD - you can't tell. I've done a few tastings of Cote Rotie vs ... ... they put a little white in Chianti and so on with other blends. You use only a bit of Viognier. Not all white wines have the same effect, so you need to experiment a bit. Remember that simply because a grape has a lot of something like color, tannin, etc., that doesn't mean... Read More

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  • Piccini Memoro Italia Vino Rosso d'Italia NV

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    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Reserva 2014

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    Had this at Bravo's with Lunch the other day. Surprisingly given the age, a ... ... profile: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva is well balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins, firm acidity, and a lingering finish of rosemary and fig Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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    Wine review by wenwyia


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