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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • 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

  • I'm having another bottle of the Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva from Costco.  Pretty darned good wine for $17.  We were back at Costco, today, and there is no more left.   :-(     One bottle left in my stash. Read More

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  • Darrin, you may have cracked the code.  If it was a Chianti in a fiasco, I would have assumed the same thing.Again, if I was trying to use a picture to sell this, I would have cleaned that up. Read More

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  • Well, since Costco does not hold on to their inventory very long, I'd ... ... ... is unusualy tannic for a Chianti.  All Chiantis come with acid, and this one has sufficient, but it is certainly not offputting.  If they have some the next time I'm in Costco, I'll put more in my cart.  If they don't, I won't feel that I lost ou Read More

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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2012


    Dulled initial hit of blackberry, but then showing its bit of extra maturity. ... Surprisingly tannic for a Chianti. Strong acid presence. I would expect from any Chianti, but this one is, like the fruit, not in your face. Not a great wine, but for under $20, a darned good on Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bertoli Chianti 2014


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Brolio 1978


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    Wine review by tcrobin

  • Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


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    Wine review by Rodg46

  • Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


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    Wine review by Rodg46

  • Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


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    Wine review by Rodg46

  • A Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature would be my choice.  Here's ... this $10 2013 Tomaiolo Chianti Riserva, but I was not very impressed.  Most of the bottle is still in the fridge and I think I'll let it decant for an hour before giving it another g Read More

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