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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

    AZIENDA AGRARIA BIANCHI BANDINELLI (PRODUCERS OF FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY) The Owner...

  • Castello Il Palagio

    The very fest mention of the castle Il Palagio dates back to 1252, though it is thought to be muc...

  • Podere Il Pozzo

    The farm is made up of about 50 hectares of woodlands, vineyards and olives. Ten of these hecta...

  • Machiavelli

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

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    Light-bodied red wine. Pretty much what I expect from a Chianti. Light-bodied. Light red fruit flavor. The most noticeable characteristic is tartness. Easy drinking. Even on a hot summer day. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I haven't posted here in a while, and I have no pictures.  On Thursday ... ... d'Avalo, Bordeaux, Chianti, Dao, Ribiero del Duero, Pouilly-Fuisse, Meursaut, Soave and multiple of domestic Chardonnays.  FWIW, Trader Joe's has St. Clement Chardonnay for $9.99.  Peggy loves it, and, at that price, I'll buy all she can drink.Over the last month or... Read More

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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Rich red fruit with balancing acid and enough tannin for interest. My best ever Chianti. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Poggio Basso Chianti 2015

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    Wine review by Richboldnaged


  • EMARK  a couple of weeks ago you indicated you were surprised that Chianti Classico was not 100% Sangiovese and anything less than 75% had to shown as IGT,well to my shock I was looking at Vino   Noblie only has to 60-80% Sangiovese. I thought it was the same as Brunello which has to be 100% Sangiovese,especially since they use the same variety ... Read More

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  • The words 'higher quality' seem a little subjective to me. In Rioja in Spain or Chianti in Italy the words 'reserva' or Grande reserva' indicate time the wine has spent in oak barrels which is a matter of fact rather than opinion Read More

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  • RBA  "Ooh,Reserve. It must be good".  While most New World ... to do with aging for example Chianti Classico Riserva must be aged 27 months at least,Vin Nobile at least 30 months,  Brunello 5 years with 2 years in barrel or cask, Barolo at least 5 years, Barbaresco at least 4 years. I guess only the buyer can determine if that makes it good! &nbs Read More

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  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... mentions the Kirkland brand Chianti and the CdP.  I've never had the Chianti (Costco wants shopping at their stores to be a "treasure hunt."  Inventory at one store may not be at another.  What was at one store on one visit may not be there the next time you visit.)   I... Read More

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  • For those that have a Costco they a couple I have tried Kirkland brand, the first is Chianti Classico reserve, they evidently buy it from Viila Caffagio which is a single vineyard and is 100% Sangiovese,the next is Chateauneuf du Pape which is $20 the Chianti is $9,investment had both of these,they also had a premier cru chablis around,have not ... Read More

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