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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  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

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  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico 2015


    Fresh fruit notes of cherry and red currant on the nose with pleasant spice and a creamy vanilla note. Expressive red fruit flavors on the palate with more zesty spice, chewy tannins and a bit of oak on the finish. 89 pts Read More

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  • Fattoria Rignana Chianti Classico 2014


    Woodland tree bark and dark berry on the nose. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate. Read More

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  • Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico 2013


    Earthy and brooding on the nose, this brings muted red fruit but mostly mineral earth. A touch medicinal in the mouth with fruit notes of mixed berry and cherry cough drops with a punchy character and a finish of gripping tannins and earthiness. Read More

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  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico 2015


    Soft floral cherry blossom and earthy clay aromas with a hint of sweet spice. This is candied and quite fruity on the attack with a floral cherry and strawberry candy note to start but turning quite earthy towards the finish. Read More

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2014


    Darkly spiced and earthy on entry with plum and black currant fruit. Dry and sandy textured in the mouth, this has a rich mineral palate and tart red fruit flavors with a medium finish of herb and cranberry. Read More

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  • Nittardi Belcanto Chianti Classico 2014


    Creamy, pleasant notes of savory earth, stony minerals and black cherry fruit. This has great depth of fruit on entry, with cherry, red currant and cranberry notes introduced by a warming and buoyant acidity which spikes on the mid palate before descending into an earthy core of dark chocolate, more mixed red fruit and clove spice. 90 pts Read More

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  • Podere Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2014


    Creamy dark berry aromas with plum and black currant jam. Tart and earthy on the palate, more dark berry fruit and a short finish. Read More

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  • Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2014


    Savory cured meat and brown sugar aromas with concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose. Full bodied on the palate with a pleasant floral note floating on top of chocolate cherry, strawberry and fresh berry fruit notes, a chewy tannic structure and a finish of blueberry pie filling. 91 pts Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico 2014


    Tart strawberry and cherry fruit aromas. On the palate this is tart and red fruited, fruit forward and simple cranberry, cherry and red currant notes with a short finish. Read More

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  • San Jacopo da Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico 2015


    This has a soft floral demeanor with pleasant red fruit aromatics and a mineral freshness to it. Refreshing acidity and cherry fruit lead the way on the palate with earthy structure, chocolate and plum skin on the finish. 89 pts Read More

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