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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • DaVinci Wine

    Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins...

  • 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...

  • 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 Della Aiola

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • 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


  • Palazzino Chianti Classico 2004

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    Nose of Cheese rind with a bit of mold followed by cherries and vegetable notes. Bright sour cherry fruit with an mineral laced structure and a linger plummy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 2006

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    Herbs and bright cherry fruit on the nose. Nice acid structure with flavors of Raspberry fruit but a little simple. Medium bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Chianti Felsina Vigneto Ris. Rancia Italy 2004

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    At first I thought this wine would redeem itself but instead it got worse with ... ... body than expected from Chianti with a short finish. However, with time the nose picked up the same off putting almost cardboard and then described as dirty socks by my wife... Oh God she's right. Maybe it's a point in this wines life but after two tastings... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Chianti Felsina Vigneto Ris. Rancia Italy 2004

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    Resin or plastic wrap with cherries underneath and licorice on the nose. Crannberry and raspberry fruit with stone and mineral on the short finish. Good aciditc structure. Seems slightly flawed. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Fattoria di Petroio Chianti Classico 2005

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    Wine review by halfbottle


  • Fattoria di Petroio Chianti Classico 2005

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    A fruity nose of predominantly ripe plums and cherries with a hint of wet soil. ... ... ruby red color. A great Chianti for the price of $13 to 14 a bottle. Should be drinkable through at least 2012 or 1 Read More

    Wine review by halfbottle


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