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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • My wine of the year was undoubtedly the 1971 Mascarello Monprivato with the ... drinking and tasting lots of Chianti this year, with a few notable standouts: 2010 Fattoria di Vegi Chianti Classico Riserva, 2013 Montefioralle Chianti Classico Riserva, and while not Chianti the 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello was amazing.But my wine of the year might ... Read More

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  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This bottle was opened at Power's Italian dinner night. This vintage was not much different than the 2009 I consumed a couple of years ago. For a classico there was just middle of the road talent in this bottle. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2011

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    Shifting aromas of earth, mushroom and fresh red fruit, red currant and strawberry with good spice and a touch of leather. Good complexity and structure here. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, a touch floral and coming with cinnamon and clove on the mid palate, some more earthy notes of black olive and chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2012

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    Soft red fruits and mineral earth notes on the nose with a touch of violet petal and cranberry. Well developed, sun drenched raspberry and strawberry fruit with plenty of dusty earth, chewy tannins and good balance, finishing clean and light with good length and a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Celebration of 300 Years of Chianti, the Oldest Wine Region in the WorldA Sit Down Tasting with a Selection of Artisanal Cheeses.When: Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Where: Pierre Loti Union Chelsea, 248 West 15th St (just east of 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10011 (wheelchair accessible)Ticket Price: $49Register here: http://www.wineny.com... Read More

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  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been ... ... Or the basic Volpaia Chianti Classico, usually under $20. Casa Ibidini makes a nice Nero d'Avola that can be had for $12-16, pretty widely available. I just bought some Terra d'Oro Barbera for under $10 that I've enjoyed before.  It was seriously on sale, but it's a g... Read More

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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico 2014

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    Dark strawberry and cherry aromas with some smokiness. Tart and astringent palate with high acidity and lots of red fruit, mostly strawberry, raspberry and cherry and a light earthiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I'm not sure about the current availability of these, but in the last few ... at Costco -- Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva -- $16.99 at Costco -- Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage -- $9.99 at Trader Joe' Read More

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  • Placido Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2002

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    Good wine great with food. Smooth with a little sour finish. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Bought 6 bottles Read More

    Wine review by mgproducts


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