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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  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Piccini

    Our story begins in 1882 with Angiolo Piccini, from a small family enterprise of only 7ha. Guided...

  • 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...

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic ..So does anyone care about...


  • 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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  • Castello Sonnino Chianti Montespertoli Castello di Montespertoli 2001

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    Full-bodied, very smooth with a "spice" or kick to it that is a little foreign ... the palate when you think of Chianti. Not the most complex wine in the world, but interesting enough to linger with you long after your glass is empty. Highly acidic but extremely refreshing in every sense of the word. I cannot speak to the older vintages, but I... Read More

    Wine review by spence93


  • My wine of the year was undoubtedly the 1971 Mascarello Monprivato with the ... drinking and tasting lots of Chianti this year, with a few notable standouts: 2010 Fattoria di Vegi Chianti Classico Riserva, 2013 Montefioralle Chianti Classico Riserva, and while not Chianti the 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello was amazing.But my wine of the year might ... Read More

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  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This bottle was opened at Power's Italian dinner night. This vintage was not much different than the 2009 I consumed a couple of years ago. For a classico there was just middle of the road talent in this bottle. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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