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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sangiovese

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

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  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • 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...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Rignana

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • I'm a fan of the Monsanto CCR as well--been drinking the '08 and ... ... about Italy:  We know Chianti and other sangio wines, barbera and some others, but there's so many amazing varieties.  As the winemaking and viticulture improve, some of the less heralded grapes will start expressing themselves even better.  Gaglioppo, frappato, you could... Read More

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  • Most, if not all Monsanto Chianti Riserva is 90++% Sangiovese. Full-throttle and cellars properly if bought by a vendor or importer or at Monsanto.I was fortunate to have 5 vintages in 4 years as a Wine Consultant.-- the 1975 "Il Poggio" is still being poured at Castello Monsanto for friends and fans. Read More

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  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have ... of bottle age really helps Chianti Classico, even in these modern times as a 2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico outshined the '10 Monsanto CC Riserva. &nbs Read More

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  • Emark, you sat through Beethoven's Fifth twice?  I could research, ... middle between overbright Chianti and winemaking-heavy Brunello.  We finished it off on Weds before starting in on a Case Ibidini Nero d'Avola. This is a wine I bought the night I had dinner with GDP in Oakland--he let me in on the fact that it's a "second wine" of a much m... Read More

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  • Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2009


    A fantastic chianti, this wine is a deep red and has notes of blackcurrant/blackberry and cherry cola, along with savoury /leather like notes. A pleasant green freshness. On the palate this light bodied wine packs lots of acid - we thought it was much better after having a little time to breathe. Once you get past the mouth watering acid it's la... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Castello di Monsanto 'Riserva' Chianti Classico 2010


    I've had previous vintages of Monsanto Riserva, but I don't think this one matches those. To me the wine does not show the fruity brightness or the tart refreshness that I seek. It's not a bad wine. but I'll pass on future bottles and, maybe, try again when another vintage is available. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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  • Radda in Chianti was chosen by the prestigious Wine Spectator Top100 List thanks to the Poggerino Chianti Classico which is also the least expensive among the first 30 wines and the second italian wine in the world. This reports the prestigious international list choosing us at number eighteen among the best w... Read More

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  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by smcwhirter

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