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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

    The principal types of wine produced, solely from Sangiovese grapes, are the Rosso, which is subj...

  • Podere Il Pozzo

    The farm is made up of about 50 hectares of woodlands, vineyards and olives. Ten of these hecta...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • 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 ...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • I'm on a big Sangiovese binge right now! Here is an incredible Chianti Classico from Costco (yes, Costco) that clocks in at 7 bucks.  This is from Cafaggio and spends 24 months in 2nd use French Oak and another 5 months in bottle before release.  Where else are you going to find that kind of quality for less than 10 dollars?  How about less than... Read More

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  • But most Cali Sangio seems to be grown in the wrong place.  I used to date ... ... Costa looked to her like Chianti.  Maybe they should try growing it in the foothills where I lived. I'm sure you're right about Sangiovese being planted in the wrong places in California, Fox.  However, planting it somewhere that looks like Chianti may not be the... Read More

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  • Ruffino Reserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2010

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    Aroma of plum and cherry and flowers color is deep red. On the palate I tasted cherry, some cinnamon. Medium tannins. A medium finish with noes of chocolate. An amazing wine. Rate it a 93 Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Coltibuono Chianti Classico Rs 2011

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    From kauai pasta Read More

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  • If you want good Sangio from Cali, I recommend the Two Mile Polesky-Lentz ... ... has long made one under the Chianti Station label (how original!) which Oz Clarke gave props to in his book.  But most Cali Sangio seems to be grown in the wrong place.  I used to date a girl whose parents were classics scholars and she said that the slopes of Mo... Read More

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  • A good read!  However, that was like putting Cipollini against Levi Leipheimer.  The Chianti had taken something extra.  Oh wait, so did Levi.  I have a sangiovese from SilverBack vineyards in Walla Walla.  Read More

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  • The Ruffino virtual tasting was perfectly timed to synch up with two great ... ... the Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico.Check out the matchup details here to see which one of these wines wins the pri Read More

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  • We are drinking up the last of our bottles tonight - finishing with ... of ... of the Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico with my father-in-law last night and he enjoyed it quite a bit.  All gone now. Read More

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  • Emark, you need some mango salsa to go on top of that Mahi-mahi. After ... ... off three bottles of Chianti over the course of two days (yes, had some of the leftovers last night), I'll probably dry out tonight.  But we will see.&nbs Read More

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  • San Guisto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2012

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    Open and demonstrative, the nose shows spiced dried red cherry, dried violets, a subtle savory undercurrent, mineral Earth, and a little cocoa powder. The palate is layered with aromatic dried cherrythat is fresh and subtly sweet, pretty Asian spice, anise, a solid dark cherry core, charred rare beef on the mid-palate, a nice tart bite, and a bi... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


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