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...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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

  • Rignana

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

  • Principe Corsini

    Believing in the future, working hard and even risking when the market requires resourcefulness: ...

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

    Perhaps no region of the world personifies the warmth and graciousness of good food and great ...

  • Piccini

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Castello di Monsanto Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2004

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    Very expressive on the nose with cranberry, sandalwood, vanilla and sweet licorice. Followed by flavors of slightly tart cherries and a bit of a herbacious and barnyard aftertaste (in a good way). Great structure and nice long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    Outhouse, with very dark expressive fruits, stylish flavors, bright and warm with nice fresh midpalate and long perfumed finish. Read More

    Wine review by 77992vigna uva vino 77992 vigna uva vino


  • A follow up to the first tasting though with more of an Italian slant this ... ... never replace the classic Chianti Classico Riservas that Tuscany can offer. Still it's worth taking a look westward!Flight 1 - Starting off easy1 -2005 Cosentino Il Chiaretto California 87pts2 - 2006 Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 87pts3 - 2007 Flora Spring... Read More

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  • Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    A touch of funky brett greets the nose and is followed by earthy, tobacco, notes with lots of dried herb, leather and dried flowers. Certainly not a fruit driven nose as it develops further notes of limestone, rusts funghi, smoke, touch of oak, and a very mineral backdrop. Sour berry right up front with wonderfully ripe tannins and good acids of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chianti Felsina Vigneto Ris. Rancia Italy 2004

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    Initially this offers typical damp earth, forest floor and floral, notes framing the slightly peachy raspberry coulis fruit with a hint of vanilla but with air this turns cola and rootbeer like with an emerging fungal note and gamy edge. Rich and round in the mouth with very finely polished tannins and tons of acid with a classic medium body wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Monsanto Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2004

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    Intensely aromatic with a floral and salame tones then burnished sour ... ... character. This is Classic Chianti and a huge value but it is a pure, delicate, traditional style of wine that will never bowl one over with power or extract. It just seduces you with complexity, depth and purity. 94p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006

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    Soft on the nose with gentle notes of leather and earth, a touch of woodsy spice, a touch of violet a little smoke and some dark cherry tones. Big fruit up front backed by solid, integrated acidity with very polished tannins give this a round, pleasant mouthfeel, yet without not much complexity or depth, A bit diffuse on the mid-palate with nic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palazzino Chianti Classico 2004

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    Espresso foam and a touch of baking spice offer hints of the oak here but the candied cherry cough syrup notes and a hint of lemon oil offer good balance. There is an underlying touch of earth funk that adds complexity and depth. Lovely balance in light-medium body package that had juicy acidity and soft tannins that barely intrude and let the l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 2006

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    A bit woody on the nose yet fresh and precise with faint notes of tobacco, some sweet wood tones, cherry notes, with a dusty/steely closed wine overlay. Silky on entry and polished with a good core of dark wild berry fruit that has a lively edge of astringency. There are notes of mineral rich salad greens and a hint or beef blood adding complexi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006

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    Potpourri, dark red fruit and leather on the nose. Raspberry fruit on the palette and a bit of copper penny. Tobacco on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


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