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...

  • 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 ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • 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...

  • Rignana

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Montesodi Chianti Rufina 2003

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    A deep, deep red, the nose is earthy and robust, with notes of plum. The wine is intense, rich and complex - slight acidity, it is smooth with well-balanced tannins. There are rich notes of plum and other stone fruits. The wine would be beautiful on it's own, but will also pair exceptionally well with food, particularly beef or lamb. Read More

    Wine review by MTB


  • Villa Corti Chianti 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by winelover111


  • Castellani Fattorie & Can Villa Corti Chianti 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by winelover111


  • Castello di Monsanto Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2004

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    Barnyard, violets and herbs, dark fruits, ripe black cherries, cedar, smoked meats, prosciutto, with nice balance of acidity and tannins. Midpalate of white pepper and medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by 77992vigna uva vino 77992 vigna uva vino


  • Montesodi Chianti Rufina Docg. Marchesi De' Frescobaldi 2005

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    A full-bodied wine, more reminiscent of a Cabernet than what one typically expects from a Chianti. Slightly acidic, I tasted rich fruit notes, possibly plum. There also were strong notes of minerality, and the wine had a bite at the end when drunk by itself. It pairs exceptionally well with food, however; pairing with a sharp cheddar balance... Read More

    Wine review by MTB


  • Fontissimo Papa's Best le Fonti IGT Alta Valle Della Greve 2003

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    The Schmitt-Vitali family owns and operates the Fattoria Le Fonti, In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, in the village of Panzano where this delicious red wine is made from 65% Sangiovese and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It is followed by 18-20 months maturing in new French oak barriques (upon further research it may also contain a bit o... Read More

    Wine review by 77992vigna uva vino 77992 vigna uva vino


  • Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    Oaky vanilla and cola with green vegetables and a bit of wet fur on the nose. ... and blackberries. A nice Chianti that I would happily try agai Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • 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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