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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Piccini

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

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • The Jeff Hill story is something, isn't it?  InVino has been selling ... about.  Chianti, CdR, Pinot Grigio, the possibilities are endless, if somewhat limiting in other ways.  Read More

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  • Good metaphor, D.Grilled Ahi for me and Salmon for the rest of the family, but ... all that, I finished off a Chianti Classico from Querceto while grilling, then we shifted to '10 Holdredge Mazie Rose PN with the main course.  Wow, that's a beautiful, silky wine.  We were hosting our friends' kid for the afternoon, so they stopped by for desse... Read More

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  • Casalforno Chianti Classico 2011

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Colli Senesi Monrosso 2013

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    1st time for trying this offering of Monsanto chiantis. Generous fruit up front with a slight spice and zest note on the finish. Soft chewy tannins supported by good acidity give this a medium length finish. Great food wine. Drink now - Paul 88 poinys Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ruffino Chianti 2012

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    Another Super One selection and for the area and the population it serves it will sit well for Italian night pasta feeds. Just a little zest to the cherry and blueberry fruit with earth and spice for accent. The body is sort of lithe - and the aftertaste is extremely short - which makes you want another. Drink now - Paul 84 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva

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    This the 2010 Read More

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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2009

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    Continually a favorite at the PFWC this is a perfect food or just sipping wine. Cherries, raspberries, pepper and spice and who knows what else, this 6 year old Riserva is gushing with personality and vibrancy. Plenty of structure and a lengthy aftertaste makes you wonder if it could have sat longer. Drinking well right now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2007

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    A Top 100 wine that is just now coming into it's own, though it has been a good ... was my last bottle. Typical chianti structure and framing. Dark cherries, plum and dirt blend well with florals and spice to present a distinctive and outstanding bottling of this yearly powerhouse. Excellent with chicken bruchetta, pastas with red sauce and chi... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Okay, in additon to picking up a case of Barolo/Barbaresco via trade from JD ... Nice alternative to all that Chianti I've been glugging.  (Hey, GdP, great minds think alike on that, as I've mentioned to you elsewhere.)Continuing the Spanish theme, I bought but have not taken delivery of a magnum of 2013 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops. The... Read More

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  • Melini Chianti Borghi D'elsa 2014Charles & Charles Red Blend 2014Jeff Carrel "Les Darons" Languedoc 2014Some solid everyday wines or some whenever I want to wines.  Read More

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  • 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

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