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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Piccini

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • 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...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Castello Vicchiomaggio la Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Light earth and mushroom notes on the nose with savory balsamic vinegar fruit aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red currant. Perfectly balanced in the mouth with bright cherry and strawberry fruit, a hint of fresh herb and delicate flowers with refreshing acidity and silky tannins in total harmony. An impressive wine with age potential and exc... Read More

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  • Casa Sola Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011

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    Black olive, black pepper and moist forest floor earthiness with warm raspberry ... ... the palate and classic Chianti earthy tannins stoking the warm spice on the finis Read More

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  • Volpaia Il Puro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011

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    Pleasant fruit aromas of jammy strawberry and cherry. Savory and dusty on the palate, good spice and dark berry flavors with dark chocolate and creamy oak and vanilla on the finish. Read More

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  • Rocca di Montegrossi San Marcellino Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Mineral salinity on rich fruit aromas of strawberry and red currant with creamy milk chocolate and oak spice notes. Warm and spicy on the palate with a continued minerality, fresh earth and bright acidity running through the mid palate - this delivers a fine fruit palate of ripe cherry and raspberry with great structural elements and an herbal, ... Read More

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  • Villa Calcinaia Vigna Bastignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Delicate and light cherry and baking spice aromas with a rich minerality underlying the light fruit. Fantastic balance of fruit and herbal, earthy notes of dried cranberry and dark roasted cocoa bean with fresh cherries and blueberries brightening the mid palate before a dry, dusty tannin takes hold. Read More

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  • Villa Calcinaia Vigna Contessa Luisa Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Earthy and brooding barnyard and chocolate aromas with smoke and minerality and muted fruit notes of cranberry and strawberry. Generous palate of expressive focused fruit that's surprisingly bright - cherry and raspberry notes are playful but give way to toasted smoke, dark berry preserves, and roasted tannins that grip the tongue through to the... Read More

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  • Le Capitozze Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011

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    Green pepper and dried sweet basil aromas add some freshness to the nose of ripe Bing cherries and fresh strawberries. This delivers expressive fruit on the palate and a rich mouthfeel of dusty earth and black cherry fruit, good acidity and structure and a dark cocoa and smoked oak finish. There's a delicate character here that plays nicely agai... Read More

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  • Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Mineral earth and savory dark spice on the nose with fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and red currant. Complex and expansive palate of dark, thick earth and oak highlighted by a pleasant minerality, dark chocolate cherry notes and a smoky, toasty flavor coming through towards the finish where dark cacao remains and sustains alongside a blackber... Read More

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  • Castelvecchi Madonnino Della Pieve Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Thick black currant and blackberry aromas with a confectioners sugar note and a layer of warm earth. Interestingly, the fruit is more focused with red fruited in the mouth with a zesty red fruit palate thats tinny and tart with chewy tannins and a medium length finish of strawberry and cherry. Read More

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  • Vigneto Montesodi Riserva Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Marchesi Frescobaldi 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


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