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
    • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Fabiano Calcinaia Cellole Gran Selezione 2010

      An important part of Chianti Classico’s rise to quality beginning in the 1980’s was the increasing use of consultants. Consultants carry mixed connotations for many in the industry. For some they conjure up the idea of constructed formula wines designed to appease certain critical palates. These same critics often also view the ‘flying’ consultants as propagating an international style of wine.

      Just Grapes- 7 readers -
  • A guest post from John Compisi about Coro Mendocino

    … in style and purpose of respected historical European wine regions like Chianti Classico and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The original group of winemakers chose the name Coro, Latin for Chorus, as they intended these wines to sing in harmony, with each unique voice resulting from a blend of heritage Mendocino varieties with Zinfandel as its underlying melody…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 2 readers -
  • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Ama Riserva 2009

    … Sangiovese as best in situ with other grapes. In other words, blends rule. This 2009 Riserva bottling is a good example, with 80% Sangiovese blended in with 20% Malvasia Nera and Merlot (the exact percentage of each of these latter two grapes is not disclosed). The use of Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot resulted from the popularity of the Super…

    Just Grapesin Merlot- 5 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. San Felice…

    Just Grapes- 7 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    … Moriles, Spain (Agent, $14.95, 500ml, WineAlign) From Recently tasted here, there and everywhere, November 24, 2014 The winery was founded in 1844 and in 1970 Toro Albalá became the first commercial Montilla producer in the classic Solera method, from (estate-grown) Pedro Ximénez vines. This is unfortified Fino, at a naturally achieved alcohol of 15…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Bossi Riserva Berardo 2007

    … Discussion of the fine wines of Tuscany has been dominated by two categories: super-tuscans and Brunello di Montalcino. The Bordeaux blends of Maremma satisfy those seeking super-prestige bottlings and very high scores, the IGTs of Chianti excite those who look for innovation, and the crown of Brunello has been a battleground between…

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  • Good value Chianti Classico from Podere Il Palazzino

    … Just a quick post for today to let you know I am still drinking wine despite spending vast amounts of time researching and writing. The 2010 Podere Il Palazzino, Argenina, Chianti Classico is made from fruit sourced from vineyards with more clay. These soils and upbringing result in a brighter wine. This vintage certainly was but it still has…

    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

    … a fallen tree branch that has been on the ground for weeks. Freshly cracked peppercorns and fresh summer bing cherries jamming on bass and did I say minerality? No, well there's plenty of that to go around as well. You could easily cellar this puppy for years to come, but it's enjoyable now. A word to the wise, decant is the word, sorry to disagree…

  • 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 -
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