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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Piccini

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • The words 'higher quality' seem a little subjective to me. In Rioja in Spain or Chianti in Italy the words 'reserva' or Grande reserva' indicate time the wine has spent in oak barrels which is a matter of fact rather than opinion Read More

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  • RBA  "Ooh,Reserve. It must be good".  While most New World ... to do with aging for example Chianti Classico Riserva must be aged 27 months at least,Vin Nobile at least 30 months,  Brunello 5 years with 2 years in barrel or cask, Barolo at least 5 years, Barbaresco at least 4 years. I guess only the buyer can determine if that makes it good! &nbs Read More

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  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... mentions the Kirkland brand Chianti and the CdP.  I've never had the Chianti (Costco wants shopping at their stores to be a "treasure hunt."  Inventory at one store may not be at another.  What was at one store on one visit may not be there the next time you visit.)   I... Read More

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  • For those that have a Costco they a couple I have tried Kirkland brand, the first is Chianti Classico reserve, they evidently buy it from Viila Caffagio which is a single vineyard and is 100% Sangiovese,the next is Chateauneuf du Pape which is $20 the Chianti is $9,investment had both of these,they also had a premier cru chablis around,have not ... Read More

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  • DMCKER  to answer your question about not to buy again. It did not taste like a Chianti to me,had little or no acidity the Cab was the predominant flavor, it didn't make it a bad bottle it just was not what I expected.  Read More

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  • Not sure about the relationship between 'it was a nice bottle' and ... ... for a wine to qualify for Chianti Classico status. Lots of pissing and moaning about how they had to go Super Tuscan in that era if they wanted to release a 100% sangiovese wine. Would seem that allowing 100% only later became possible. Also, of course, heard that some ... Read More

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  • Have a condrum bought a bottle Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 DOCG last week from the Costco grand opening,have not seen this wine at any other store in Dallas. I must admit that I enjoyed the wine, however after drinking a glass I picked up a Cab flavor, looked at the bottle it was 85% Sangiovese 10% Cab, 5% Merlot. It tasted ... Read More

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  • Would love to hear more from you, Stephen, on Aussie PNs. A quick and dirty ... mix.Jack, go for it on that Chianti Classico. Chianti historically has rarely been 100% sangiovese, anyway. If you like it then it's good. Blending is part of the winemaker's art.JD (and RCKR), happy anniversar Read More

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  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2013

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    The color is a deep ruby red. The initial fruit forward aromas are plenty sweet. Notes such as cherry, strawberry, plum, a touch of violet, vanilla, cocoa, Sangiovese spiciness and earthy flint. Soft and smooth on the palate. The tannins are round, with a dry, warm, earthy/powdery finish. The finish is a soft, sweet cocoa finish. It's a very foo... Read More

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  • Jack's post intrigued me.  I'd always thought that Chiantis/Chianti Classicos were 100% Sangiovese.Not true.According to this Wikipedia entry, since 1996, wines from this region must be 75% to 100% Sangiovese.  Blending is OK, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are not uncommon.I guess that any wine from this region that has less than 75% Sangiov... Read More

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