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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Machiavelli

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Principe Corsini

    Believing in the future, working hard and even risking when the market requires resourcefulness: ...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Poggio Al Sole Chianti Classico 2014

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    A bit savory on the nose with light cherry and red currant aromas and moist earth. This is a bit simple in the mouth, with tart cherry and raspberry fruit, a shock of acidity and a pleasant earthy spice on the finish. Read More

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  • Castello di Radda Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Angular, heady and bold on the nose with deep black fruits and a touch of tobacco. A bit lighter on the palate, cranberry, strawberry and cherry fruit with an herbal green note coming through amidst cinnamon spice and eucalyptus on the finish. Read More

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  • Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Milk chocolate and blackberry preserves on the nose. This is rich, juicy and refreshing in the mouth, providing a lot of depth in a single dimension without being overly complex - fresh fruit, zesty acidity and perky spice make for a wine that's easy drinking and food friendly. Read More

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  • Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Rich mineral complexity and barnyard aromas are fully in control on the nose - barely any fruit making its way through. On the palate this is juicy, firm and vibrant with zesty sour cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit, a hint of herbal licorice and medicine notes and a pleasant earth on the finish. 91 pts Read More

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  • Villa S Andrea Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    A hint of medicine opens for this wine with a bit of chocolate and floral cherry aromas. This really shines on the palate where strident fruit notes of fresh cherry and strawberry are presented with a buoyant acidity that leads into a puckering tannic structure on the finish of moist earth and cocoa powder. Read More

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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Clean, fresh black cherry and blackberry aromas with fresh cinnamon spice and vanilla creaminess on the nose. This is freshly spiced and zesty on the palate, with black currant and black cherry fruit, freshly juiced yet at the same time preserved, thick, rich and textured, with a zesty finish of bold spice that gives way to gripping tannins righ... Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    flavors of cranberry, cherry and strawberry with gripping tannins and a surprisingly easy to drink blend of refreshing acidity, generous fruit and smooth texture. Read More

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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

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    Thick smoke and toasted espresso notes on the nose. Mineral notes of smoked blackberry and black cherry fruit, tart acidity and creamy delicate chocolate and sweet coffee notes towards the finish with cinnamon baking spice. Approachable and easy drinking. Read More

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  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Blueberry and cherry preserves and plum paste on the nose with pleasant baking spice notes. Brightly fruited on the palate with black cherry, confectioner's sugar, molasses and blueberries, notes of chocolate and brown sugar, chunky tannins and a whiskey barrel oak finish. Read More

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  • Casa Sola Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Thick, mineral tar and black smoke aromas with dark roast ground espresso beans on the nose. A bit more fruit on the palate, mostly raspberry and cherry, but with the same smoky, tarry, toasted flavors from the nose carrying through to the palate through to the finish. Read More

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