Chianti Classico

A Chianti wine [ˈkjanti] is any wine produced in the Chianti region, in central Tuscany. It was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called a fiasco ("flask"; pl. fiaschi); however, the fiasco is only used by a few makers of the wine now; most Chianti is now bottled in more standard shaped wine bottles. Baron Bettino Ricasoli (later Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Italy) created the Chianti recipe of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca in the middle of the nineteenth century.The first definition of a wine-area called Chianti was made in 1716.
Posts about Chianti Classico
    • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

      Barque Smokehouse Miami Ribs PHOTO: Kevin Hewitt and Jill Chen ( The year-end list. Why? To “free the individual from the collective.” To ponder, speculate and formulate a narrative. To create the sociological, world of wine equivalent of splitting the atom. To celebrate the triumph of laic heterodoxy and the arrogance of modernity.

      Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 3 readers -
    • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Felice Il Grigio Gran Selezione 2010

      Chianti is a land of large producers. Outside of the Classico zone, wines are made in large quantities and mediocre to poor quality. Understandably serious wine drinkers often avoid the large scale production wines. However, certain large producers remain important and, with their top offerings, make wines of distinction and terroir.

      Just Grapes- 6 readers -
  • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Bossi Riserva Berardo 2007

    … an ugly mark. The wine itself is very dark, with black cherry fruit and earth. There is plenty of tannin in this wine which helps the rich fruit from the warm 2007 vintage feel alive and ready for grilled steak without being opulent. The length is superb. Drinking this reminded me how well Italians understand contrasts – sweet and bitter, fruit…

    Just Grapes- 1 readers -
  • Good value Chianti Classico from Podere Il Palazzino

    … in small oak casks. There was a subtle nose of dark fruits. In the mouth there were black fruit flavors tinged with minerals. The ripe middle became drier towards the finish. The wine had a lighter framed structure with drying tannins. ** Now-2018. 2007 Podere Il Palazzino, La Pieve, Chianti Classico Riserva – $19 Imported by deGrazia Imports…

    Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog- 4 readers -
  • I think I left my heart in Toscana… #CastellodiVerrazzano

    … and proud cypress trees… how can you not fall in love with this place? The 2010 Chianti Classico we tasted is made in a very traditional way, using only Sangiovese and another local grape called Cannaiolo. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel- small, elegant tannins punctuating a broad, silky texture that made me want another sip. And a piece of prosciutto…

    Joanie Karapetian/ Italian Wine Geek- 1 readers -
  • Wines of the Week: My Top Choices

    …, but the prices have not shot as much as their winemaking fame has. I found the 2005 Pian Dell' Orino Brunello silky smooth on the palate, just a great mouth feel, but a bit more rustic than the great 2004 I brought back home. Still an amazingly authentic wine with real soul and substance, decant for an hour or more. This wine was still in barrel when…

  • Excellent wines, both familiar and unfamiliar, from Italy

    … I remember the San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva from my high school days when we would periodically dine at an Italian restaurant in the Seven Corners. I remember the wine more than the food , which surely was decant, but I would not be surprised if we went there to drink the wine. The latest vintage is a good effort that needs…

    Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog- 1 readers -
  • Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

    …. Remove foil and bake until cheese is starting to brown, about 15 minutes or so. Wine Pairing: Ruffino Ducale Riserva Chianti Classico 2010 Wine pairing theory: The best pairing for this dish would be a light and tangy red, such as a Chianti or a Gamay Noir. The acidity in the wine will pair nicely with the acidity in the tomato sauce…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
  • Cliffs Wine Picks – Aug 25, 2014 to Sep 7, 2014

    …% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Syrah in the 2010 vintage, Isole e Olena’s Chianti Classico is probably the wine (along with the 100% Sangiovese Isole e Olena “Cepparello”) for which the Isole e Olena winery has become best known. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, this 2010 Isole e Olena Chianti was then matured for one year in primarily older oak…

    Cliff's Wine Picksin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

    … underway - as well as Tenimenti Angelini in Montalcino and San Leonino in Castellina in Chianti. 'In the north, it's going to be difficult because we've had a lot of rain and the temperature has been lower than usual.' Lonardi said Bertani has already decided it won't produce its high-end Amarone Classico from the 2014 vintage, due to unstable weather…

    Decanter- 9 readers -
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