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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Villa di Geggiano

    AZIENDA AGRARIA BIANCHI BANDINELLI (PRODUCERS OF FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY) The Owner...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • 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...

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Machiavelli

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • 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


  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    Tasty enough Chianti Classico. I'm more of a fan of the finish than the nose or the midpalate. Dried figs and a bit of spice on the nose but it's a little too sweet smelling for my tastes... Palate has slightly flabby tannins, but some nice tar and black fruit flavors. Gotta say I'm torn, but in the end it's definitely drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    Fungal nose of acetone and esters. Cherry, leather and chemicals. Strong drying tannins with a very woodsy finish. This is not a fruit lovers wine - its dark and chemically and oily. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico 2004

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    Fungal nose of acetone and esters. Cherry, leather and chemicals. Strong drying tannins with a very woodsy finish. This is not a fruit lovers wine - its dark and chemically and oily. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • L'Oca Ciuca Chianti 2006

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    Wine review by jfoland


  • Brancott Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2006

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    A thoroughly good wine - it's definitely a daily drinker. Very crisp and lightly fruity Read More

    Wine review by mike35242


  • Rocca Guiccardia Chianti Classico Riserva 2005

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    In July of 2008 I had the chance to drink this great CCR at the vineyards of ... Ricasoli to some other good Chiantis to see how it holds u Read More

    Wine review by vino83


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