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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • DaVinci Wine

    Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins...

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

    The Aiola castle has been known since the Middle-Ages being one of the most important Sienese str...

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • 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

  • No, not for ice. That was a very inexpensive bottle bottle of wine when it was ... years later the people in Chianti decided that they had to do something about the reputation of the area and they established some rules for wine that was going to be called Chianti.Some producers even stopped putting the word "Chianti" on their bottles they wer... Read More

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  • Thanks for showing the capsule covering what we guess to be a cork. I'm ... ... It's just that this Chianti was not built to last that long, and the bottle is a bit sketchy. Again, do you know how it's been stored all this while?I was able to read the vintage with no trouble from your original photo Read More

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  • Welcome, Irish. Good to see you like Barolos as well as the cabs and malbecs. ... other Italian reds, such as Chianti Classico Riservas, Brunello di Montalcinos, Rosso di Montalcinos or Super Tuscans (all mentioned from Tuscany with plenty of sangiovese in them)? Any other whites besides chards you've enjoyed?Even more to the point, what kinds... Read More

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  • Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2012

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    Inviting and classic sun drenched, dusty Sangiovese aromas with strawberry and raspberry notes that are slightly floral. Medium-light bodied in the mouth, this has soft strawberry and cranberry fruit, loamy clay notes and a touch of cinnamon-clove on the finish. Read More

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  • Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2012

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  • Cupcake Chianti NV

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  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... ... (Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Riserva, etc.) and blends with sangiovese and merlot or cabernet sauvignon ('Super Tuscans') from the northern part of central Italy (Tuscany) when you have a chance, Todd Read More

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  • 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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