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

  • 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...

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

    The very fest mention of the castle Il Palagio dates back to 1252, though it is thought to be muc...

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

  • 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

  • Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Dusty fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry with a spicy earthiness to it. Smooth and fruit forward on the palate with more cherry and raspberry notes and a hint of medicine towards the finish, rough tannins and earth throughout. Read More

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  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Dark plum and black currant aroams with savory earth encrusted with minerals, dried flowers and herbs. Restrained and tight in the mouth, dry and dusty on entry but developing nicely on the palate with black cherry and cranberry fruit, becoming quite expressive through the midpalate before releasing a pleasant spice and a creamy texture towards ... Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Vigna Casi Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Nicely spiced ripe red fruit notes of strawberry, red currant and cherry. Light on entry with delicate red fruit notes developing into a deeper, richer palate of cranberries, cherries and red currants, fresh acidity and a tart finish. Read More

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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Strawberry and red currant aromas on this delicate floral and fruity nose. Expansive and juicy palate of initially bright cherry fruit with chewy tannins following and dominating the experience with a support of tart red fruit. Read More

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  • Poggerino Bugialla Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Clear strawberry and cranberry aromas. Pleasant, light and fruity on the palate with pure cranberry, cherry and strawberry fruit and an earthy dryness and chunky tannins coming through on the palate. Read More

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  • Le Regge Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Herbal mixed berry and licorice notes on the nose with a sticky tree root sap note. The palate has light clay and powdered sugar notes with Bing cherry and strawberry fruit and a finish of chunky tannin and a creamy chocolate texture. Read More

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Savory, light barnyard notes with rich mineral earth and fresh cherry fruit on ... on ... but bring in classic Chianti tannin and earth towards the warm finis Read More

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  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Intriguing smokiness and rustic earth with savory black pepper spice and a fragrant grilled meat note - fruit notes of cherry are here on the nose too, but swept to the side. Much more fruit forward on the palate, this is brooding and smoky with tart cherry and cranberry fruit, black pepper and a finish of bramble fruit, oak and leather. Loads o... Read More

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Strada al Sasso Chianti Classico Riserva 2010

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    Dusty, dry and concentrated red berry aromas with dark cherry and baking spice notes. This is brooding and full bodied with a dark chocolate and ripe black cherry flavor profile leading into a thick smoke and rich spice towards the finish that is chewy with tannin and full of blackberry fruit. Read More

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  • Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Tasted from a large format bottle.Ripe cherry, black pepper and red currant aromas with floral highlights. Juicy, fresh and expressive yet tight cranberry, violet and red currant flavors on the palate - this is dry and earthy with a touch of medicine but brings a bright acidity through the mid palate to a complex finish of dark chocolate and bla... Read More

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