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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  • 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...

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  • Principe Corsini

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Piccini

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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  • Buccia Nera Chianti Guarniente 2015

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    clear, medium ruby; clean, mild nose of peppers and black cherry; dry, heavily bodied with lots of tannins, blackberries, licorice, white pepper, tar and leathery; complex and lasted a bit :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Montesodi 2010

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    spicy yet cool melony nose; some dark fruits and liquorice Read More

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  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... had ... had hit the other countries, Chianti was not much lauded and Brunello didn't get beyond the confines of the producer's vineyard, and the world's most prized wines were the sweet ones from Germany, Hungary, and Spain.Italy was a third world country until well after WW... Read More

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  • Just a note to add.  The bartender gave me that glass and he was not one ... of red wine (Rioja for me, Chianti for Sandra), along with a pizza nearby before we rode the Metro back home.  Nice evening after watching the grand kids for 5 hours earlier in the da Read More

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  • and yes much wine was drank celebratingThe prosecco was ok - just a little ... ... palatesthe barbera and the chianti were very nice wines for $50 at the Restaurant we went to and performed perfectly to the food and price pointthe Barolo was 4110 and was excellent but sadly abit young - would like to see it in 5 yea Read More

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  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's ... $30+/bottle and you can get Chianti Classico for less and Morellino di Scansano for much less and of quality that's probably as good. So if you're going to have to charge over $30/bottle, do you plant Sangiovese?But I love the people who do.To the OP - I guess it really ... Read More

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