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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Rignana

    Surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards, woodland and olive-groves, the Fattoria di Rignana is si...

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Machiavelli

    Country: Italy Wine region: Tuscany Address: Loc. Sant'andrea In Percussina , San Casciano In Va...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • I just drank one of the 2013 Uncle's the other day.  It's ... 5% ... 5% amount as a softener for Chianti.  We followed that with a 2000 Napa Knoll cabernet sauvignon, an impulse buy from World Market.  This is someone's shiner, and it actually shows better the second day usually, so I should have decanted it, but we were a thirsty crowd. So th... Read More

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  • Donna Laura Bramosia Chianti Classico 2008

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  • Bolla Chianti Premier 2010

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  • Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG 2008

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  • Banfi Chianti Classico 2008

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  • Well, my last volunteer wine pouring at the Wine in the Water Park event for ... for ... from Portugal and a Chianti from Tuscany, Italy.  One lady gave me a $2 tip and another lady gave me $1.  These were my first tips at this event and totally unexpected.  Personally I think they were hitting on me and of course I did my best to not encoura... Read More

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  • So, OT, the "finished product" looks amazing.  Great job. ... ... certainly better than the Chianti.  Oh, I missed the VT.  So, I guess that by drinking Syrah and missing the Garnacha VT I totally dissed Grenache Day.  I'll probably screw up tomorrow also--Talk Like a Pirate D Read More

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  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010

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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2011

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    Not particularly dark, garnet color. Musty, woody nose. Initial hit of candied fruits is a bit disappointing. Medium bodied. Very light on the acid makes this a pretty flabby wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Villa Cafaggio Basilica Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico 2010

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    Medium bodied, simple wine. Fairly tart with minimal fruit flavors. Tartness makes it refreshing. Perfectly adequate low-dollar wine to have with cured meats or olives. Read More

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