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

  • 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...

  • 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 Verrazzano

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

  • 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...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Powdered pastry topping and sweet spice aromas with fresh ripe cherry and red currant fruit. Juicy, fresh and lively with buoyant flavors of red currant preserves and bright cherries, good acidity and a drying mid palate of textured tannins and spice that slopes off into a chocolate, earthy, cranberry and black currant finish that lingers with a... Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Elegantly smooth aromas of vanilla and violet with perfumed black cherry notes. Silky textured on entry this shows a bit more minerality and earthiness on the mid palate with black cherry and red currant fruit, some licorice and a dusty, dry, tannic chew on the finish with dark chocolate and rich vanilla extract. Read More

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  • Losi Millenium Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2009

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    Red fruit aromas of savory raspberry, strawberry and red currant. Bright and juicy on the palate with a red fruit chorus of cherry, cranberry, strawberry and raspberry fruit, a fresh spice that starts turning more herbal, savory and earthy towards the finish where medium full tannins, fresh spice and bright acidity meet the fruit head on to crea... Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Black cherry and blackberry aromas with pleasant spice on the nose. Equally earthy and fruity on the palate, with restrained black cherry and black currant fruit, extremely focused tannins and a delicate finish. Read More

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  • Vigna Montelbello Sette Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Dark and rich concentrated black currant and blackberry aromas with a creamy aged cheese note. Oak spice and rich fruit flavors, mostly blackberry and black cherry, with a smoky core of dark earth, zesty spice and drying tannins coming through on the toasted finish. Read More

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  • San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Elegant floral aromas of rose petal and white blossom, strawberry preserves and a cherry licorice note. Dry and concentrated tomato leaf and herb aromas with an earthy toast and a savory finish. Read More

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  • Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Herbal, floral and nicely fruited with bright ripe cherry aromas and delicate kitchen spice. Very zesty and well spiced on the palate with a good herbal note through the mid palate and a dark smoke surprising on the finish with chocolate and coffee notes.doli 92 pts Read More

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  • Castello di Radda Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Shifting aromas of crushed violets, aged cheese and sweet spice with red currant, cherry and raspberry. Chewy cherry flavors on the palate with a fresh mixed berry note filling in after with soft tannins developing towards the finish. 91 pts Read More

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  • Barone Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Perfumed notes of ripe black cherry with sweet spice and creamy vanilla bean. Austere, round fruit flavors of bright cherry and tart cranberry, enveloping and refreshing to start and developing a fair bit of spice through the mid palate with a smoky earth and fresh herbs on the finish. 90 pts Read More

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  • Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Dry and aromatic aromas of dusty violets and soft earth, mellow fruit notes as well, mostly cherry and cranberry. Well integrated light cherry and cranberry notes on the palate with a fresh berry acidity and chalky lingering tannins. A bit tart but refreshing. Read More

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