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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Luciano Bruni

    The Siena area lies on sweet, sunny hills, caressed by light winds, sprinkled by moderate, season...

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • 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...

  • Principe Corsini

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

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  • Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2003


    Good Sangiovese flavor - sour cherry, some leather, some wet earth. Nice acidity, easily complementing the tomato in the sauce. Some ripe tannin that adds, rather than detracts, from the enjoyment. Read More

    Wine review by WinePaul

  • Caposaldo Chianti 2005


    Nice nose with earth, pepper, and dark fruits. This wine definitely had some woody flavors to it and I really enjoyed the subtle peppery spice. Light bodied with easy tannins, this wine would probably drink well with a variety of cuisine. Not bad at all, especially considering the price ($10 here). Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Well this was an unusual evening, a Sangiovese tasting with most of the wines ... the Sangiovese.Flight 1 - Chianti2006 Borgianni Chianti 84pts2005 Volpaia Chianti Classico 88pts2003 Castelin Villa Chianti Classico 87ptsFlight 2 Other styles of 2006 Sangiovese2006 Nespoli Sangiovese di Romagna 88pts2006 Perrucci Santa Cruz Mtn Sangiovese Fa... Read More

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  • Castel'In Villa Chianti Classico 2003


    Tight on the nose with a touch of caramel and roasted red fruits, menthol and limestone, smoke. A touch of VA adds lift and the aromatics drift off towards dried herb and woodland scents. Elegant and balanced in the mouth with integrated acidity and finely polished tannins, a bit drying on the midpalate, actually quite so with a mineral, smoky f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Castello di Volpaia Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico 2006


    A touch meaty and first then turning very floral with a touch of wood spice, quite spicy fruit, black cherry, sweet almost red-hot cinnamon (-), very floral. Medium light on entry with nice acids and soft tannins. There is good depth of flavor with twisty herbal and mineral veins that offset the sour cherry/ red currant fruits. A classic auste... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Castello di Volpaia Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico 2006


    A bit estery but quite intense and fruity with wild strawberry tones on the nose with hints of leather and forest floor. With air and adds a nice mineral/rain water note and a hint of flowers. Very light fresh and pure with marginal tannins and juicy acids that are a bit hard on their own. Finishes with a touch of herb and sand. Correct and simp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Villa Puccini Chianti Superior 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Dumas

  • Valdellecorti Chianti Classico 2004


    Ripe red cherries and tar on the nose with a bit of crushed flowers. Palate is nice and rustic -- red berry flavors and lots of acidity. Quite refreshing with a nice finish of tar leather and tannin. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Montesodi Chianti Rufina 2003


    Intensely fruity on the nose with heavy spice and clay driven plum fruits. There is a touch of raw wood here in an appealing way and red licorice rope tones along with a citrusy and lightly smoky nuance. Sweetly fruited on entry with plenty of acid backing it up. The tannins are finely polished and unobtrusive giving the wine a bright, slinky fe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Montesodi 2004


    Cool and crisp on the nose with mineral, moss, pressed flower and an earthy/ ... length. Solid and appealing Chianti 2010-2018 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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