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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Piccini

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

    The principal types of wine produced, solely from Sangiovese grapes, are the Rosso, which is subj...

  • Rignana

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Melini Chianti Riserva DOCG 2013

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    Light cherry and strawberry aromas with a touch of earth and earthy spice. Dry on the palate but pleasant with mixed berry notes, this is simple and approachable with a dusty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Piccini Chianti 2012

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    Good wine, excellent with food, good for a casual dinner. Not that complex and a little on the sour side but still fine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Melini Chianti Riserva 2013

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    Light cherry and strawberry aromas with a touch of earth and earthy spice. Dry on the palate but pleasant with mixed berry notes, this is simple and approachable with a dusty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I would suggest that they sign a 2-3 year contract, no way of knowing only a ...  they do show on the Chianti who makes the win Read More

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  • Da Vinci Chianti 2015

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    Had it from market district Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Was just in Costco they had a Kirkland Brunello for $25 which is as cheap as ... only a few $ more than some Chianti reserves,am drinking it now well worth the co Read More

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  • This one probably does not hit the sweet spot of many wine geeks, but I kinda ... sound like every low-dollar Chianti you've ever had? A bit of red fruit, but that's almost within expectation.It's starting to get hot, again, here in SoCal.  This wine is just fine--not life changing, not ethereal, not WOW, but fine..  We're going to grill some ... Read More

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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

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    Light-bodied red wine. Pretty much what I expect from a Chianti. Light-bodied. Light red fruit flavor. The most noticeable characteristic is tartness. Easy drinking. Even on a hot summer day. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I haven't posted here in a while, and I have no pictures.  On Thursday ... ... d'Avalo, Bordeaux, Chianti, Dao, Ribiero del Duero, Pouilly-Fuisse, Meursaut, Soave and multiple of domestic Chardonnays.  FWIW, Trader Joe's has St. Clement Chardonnay for $9.99.  Peggy loves it, and, at that price, I'll buy all she can drink.Over the last month or... Read More

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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Rich red fruit with balancing acid and enough tannin for interest. My best ever Chianti. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • We loved the Chianti served at Il Latini restaurant in Florence. We tood a picture of the bottle, but failed to capture the year. On the label is "Il Latini Tuscano Russo". Can anybody identify where to purchase (even if I have to order from the restaurant!) We loved it!

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  • i'm trying to find any information about a very large /tall green glass chianti bottle shaped like a woman carry a bottle on her shoulder

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  • How long does a bottle of Chianti last after you open the bottle

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  • i am looking for a store that sells 2006 baroncini sangiovese di toscana cavaicante

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  • Coltibuono 2006 Chianti Classico: Delicious, perfectly balanced, soft tannins, gobs of taught fruit. Perfect with past or meat. A terrific Chianti! M. Miller

    Comment by 120483millershrink 120483 millershrink


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