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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • 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

  • "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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  • I Veroni Chianti Rufina 2014

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    Dark berry and herbal oregano notes are almost grassy and do show some fruit notes of cherry and raspberry. Rich and earthy notes of raspberry, red currant and cherry in the mouth with fresh spice and pleasant tannic structure supporting the fruit. A terroir driven wine with character and style. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... there are for Bordeaux or Chianti. The base used to be Kadarka, much like Merlot is the base for much Bordeaux, but after phylloxera, a few world wars, and communism, all that changed.Here’s something from a symposium in Eger about twenty years ago:"The most significant ... Read More

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  • Verrazzano Chianti Reserve 1999

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    imported from danceforme. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • Verrazzano Chianti Reserve 2001

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    imported from danceforme. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • For the most part I agree Lucha except for this past-due Chianti I'm drinking at the moment. I thought it was dead so left it unrefrigerated through a couple San Diego summers. Then for some reason I decided to open it just now. Turns out I did it a great disservice. After all the abuse, it still had a bit of life and interest, but it faded fast... Read More

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  • Massanera Chianti Classico 2010

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    fruity and sweet! nice! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Sticking with the Costco wines, tonight OK, I certainly understand why ... why people want to denigrate Chianti wines, but you have to remember, these are low-dollar wines.  OK, it's not terribley complex, and it is certainly not very full-bodied, but, gosh, it is pretty darned easy to drink.  I may have been turned off by a barnyard nose, but... Read More

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  • Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012

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    Very much a barnyard nose. On the tongue, typical, to me, lightly red-fruited, but, then, noticeable tartness. Medium bodied. Very drinkable, and, for $14, good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome Ellen, nice first post (a big rarity around here at Snooth).I've ... of much of Italy and Spain (Chianti, Piedmont/Barolo or Barbaresco, or traditional Rioja for example) tend to be squarely on the savory side. Some of the wines may be very expensive such as a Gaja single vineyard Barbaresco, retails around $300. Saw one in a friend's ... Read More

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