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...

  • 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 di Poppiano

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

    The principal types of wine produced, solely from Sangiovese grapes, are the Rosso, which is subj...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Machiavelli

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Rignana

    Surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards, woodland and olive-groves, the Fattoria di Rignana is si...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva

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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2009

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    Continually a favorite at the PFWC this is a perfect food or just sipping wine. Cherries, raspberries, pepper and spice and who knows what else, this 6 year old Riserva is gushing with personality and vibrancy. Plenty of structure and a lengthy aftertaste makes you wonder if it could have sat longer. Drinking well right now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2007

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    A Top 100 wine that is just now coming into it's own, though it has been a good ... was my last bottle. Typical chianti structure and framing. Dark cherries, plum and dirt blend well with florals and spice to present a distinctive and outstanding bottling of this yearly powerhouse. Excellent with chicken bruchetta, pastas with red sauce and chi... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Okay, in additon to picking up a case of Barolo/Barbaresco via trade from JD ... Nice alternative to all that Chianti I've been glugging.  (Hey, GdP, great minds think alike on that, as I've mentioned to you elsewhere.)Continuing the Spanish theme, I bought but have not taken delivery of a magnum of 2013 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops. The... Read More

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  • Melini Chianti Borghi D'elsa 2014Charles & Charles Red Blend 2014Jeff Carrel "Les Darons" Languedoc 2014Some solid everyday wines or some whenever I want to wines.  Read More

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  • I recently purchased the Penfolds 2013 Bin 28 Shiraz, 2013 Bin 387 Cab/Shiraz ... ... Red Blend, a 2014 Melini Chianti d'Elsa, 2013 La Posta Malbec, a 2014 Longuedoc red by Jeff Carrel among others.  Really itching to try the Jeff Carrel, but the 3 Penfolds are going to have to lay down in my cellar for a few year Read More

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  • MJ - Wow, I didn't expect to hear such a large number.  Better get ... poured her a glass of this Chianti.  She thought it was ok, but today I had a small glass and I thought it was better than that.  Not a great wine of course, but very decent.Our grand daughter Ora hit the jackpot last night at the video game store in the mall (Dave & Buster... Read More

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  • 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

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