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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Principe Corsini

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • San Vincenti Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Dark, heavy, oily and tarry on the nose, this shows more interest in the mouth where it is all spicy and mineral on entry but turns heavy with fruit and large scaled in a raw, inelegant, tannic, tough, extracted way that leads to a bitter, hot finish. 78pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2010

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo A bit flat on the nose showing off some old wood tones and a bit of spice character as well. Decidedly flat in the mouth with lots of candied medicinal and herbal flavors layered over dark black cherry fruit this is rather short and inelegant but not overtly offensive. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chianti Classico Luiano 2012

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    90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot Smoky, ashy, and a bit overtly woody on the nose with coy fruit. Tight and nervy in the mouth, this displays decent weight though with flavors that are simple and not very distinguished. the texture is attractive, and this is refreshingly austere on the finish so it may just be going through a clo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Monteraponi Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% sangiovese 5% Canaiolo Deeply earthy and briary on the nose with lots of astringent red fruits and smoky top notes. Theres plenty of sweet fruit on the palate, all raspberry and strawberry toned, but the flavors are a little roasted with a hint of truffle accentuating the ripeness which also shows up on the soft finish. This is both a bit ra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Smoky and earthy on the nose with rich aromas of potting soil ... not a terribly convincing Chianti Classico. 85p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Dark on the nose and a bit sweet smelling with a beautiful melange of frutti del bosco, woodland spices, and mineral aromas. A bit chunky in the mouth and rich with ripe cherry fruit, this lacks a bit of structure, turning soft on the palate which is a bit roasty and fudgy. that roasted fruit does show fine persistenc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2012

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    90% Sangiovese, 10% a blend of malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot Sweetly oaked and vanila influenced on the nose, this show some attractive black cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas. A bit slick in the mouth in a rich but simple style that is attractively fresh with a nice mineral edge that helps to add a bit of cut to the rather chunky fruit.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carpineto Chianti Classico 2012

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    80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo and other red grape varieties Damp tobacco, earthy, and a bit funky come together on the nose which is decidedly not fruit driven but complex and nuanced. Big fruit underpinned by tannins are a bit hunky and inelegant fills the mouth on entry. Decidedly young and raw, this shows off a rather old school profile with l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2012

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Mineral and herb greet the nose followed by a ... ... grow into a fine example of Chianti Classico that really wears its terroir on its sleeve. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot Big aromas greet the nose all leathery at first then ... ... to age into a wonderful chianti classico, but it would benefit from another year in the bottle. 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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