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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Piccini

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

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    Powerful, pure and complex on the nose with rich aromas of leather, a bit of meatiness, stones, and rich red fruits. Elegant and yet powerful in the mouth with light fresh fruit framed with mossy edges and flecks of mineral earth This is really making a statement that power is not the end all with its gorgeous purity of red berry fruit, fine tan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Welcome,Good to have you aboard.  Are you really Amish?  Or am I ... ... not a meade fan, however the Chianti classic would be great!  Apparently a lot of people from PA buy their wine in MD and Delaware?&nbs Read More

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  • Banfi Chianti Classico DOCG 2011

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    I am a Chianti lover and this wine has a full bodied taste without being overbearing. Goes with every dish I have had with it thus far. Especially beefs and chicken. Pasta to me is a great pairing Read More

    Wine review by Amish22


  • You have a pretty good start on young reds if you like Cab Franc.  I'd also suggest Chianti and Sangiovese based wines in general for "pop 'n' pour" wines.  I personally favor young Sangios with (horror to traditionalists) a little merlot to take some edge off the acids.  Grenache doesn't really want to age, so Rhone blends and many Spanish Garn... Read More

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  • The fermentationOnce in the cellar, the grapes are carefully de-stemmed in order to introduce whole, unbroken berries into the fermentation vats. Different varieties are fermented separately by the yeasts indigenous to our vineyard and winery. No cultured yeasts are added. Fermentation takes place in wide stainless steel, temperature controlled ... Read More

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  • Fontaleoni 'Colli Senesi' Chianti 2012

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    Reticent on the nose and herbal with aromas of dried graasses, hay and subtley spicy red fruits. Light, fresh and zesty in the mouth, this is laden with bright, clear and slightly sweet cherry fruit. Its a simple wine but round and yet bright in the mouth. Very refreshing and gaining some savory complexity on the backend, this goes down dangerou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Monte Bernardi Fuoristrada Sangiovese 2010

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    Moderately fruity on the nose at first then earthy, leathery and gently sweet with ripe herbal notes and some dusty mineral and nutty tones. Bright acids greets the mouth followed by attractively pure and wide open flavors of raspberry and strawberry that are supported by slightly wiry, stemmy tannins. the wine has at its core a gentle sweetness... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • That's what I used to do OT! Now that I live in a place with no commerce ... be back in NYC for Bordeaux, Chianti, WS and a few other things next week though.True about putting together a dinner group quickly. I've never posted for an offline myself because I had enough friends to put together a dinner in a day, but you're right about the spee... Read More

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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Tea and tobacco emerge on the nose followed by extracted, heavy carob laced aromas of roasted fruit. Big, powerful, and inelegant in the mouth, this is all chunky and showing rich, roasted fruit with harsh tannins. Raw, unbalanced and surprisingly bad. tasted twice with similar results. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casaloste Chianti Classico 2011

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    90% Sangiovese, 10% merlot A bit tight on the nose and frankly weird smelling of sweet oak and grape jelly. In the mouth one finds a wine that is both rich and thin. Soft and shapeless on the tongue, this is matte and has an extracted feel that is not entirely unappealing on a textural level but there is no depth, nuance, of distinct flavor eit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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