Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico

History of Chianti

In 1995 it became legal to produce a Chianti with 100% Sangiovese. For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes An example of these Italian wines may have a picture of a black rooster (known in Italian as a gallo nero) on the neck of the bottle, which indicates that the producer of the wine is a member of the Gallo Nero Consortium, an association of producers of the Classico sub-area sharing marketing costs. Since 2005, the black rooster has been the emblem of the Chianti Classico producers association. Aged examples of these Italian wines (38 months instead of 4-7), may be labelled as Riserva.

Chianti’s Region

The Chianti Classico region covers an area of approximate 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) between the city of Florence to the north and Siena to the south. The four communes of Castellina, Gaiole, Greve and Radda in Chianti are located entirely within the boundaries of the Classico region with parts of Barberino Val d'Elsa, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa in the province of Florence as well as Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi in the province of Siena included within the permitted boundaries of Chianti Classico. The soil and geography of this region can be quite varied, with altitudes ranging from 820 feet (250 meters) to 2000 feet (610 meters), and rolling hills producing differing macroclimates. There are two main soil types in the region: a weathered sandstone known as albarese and a bluish-gray chalky marlstone known as galestro.5] The soil in the north is richer and more fertile with more galestro, with the soil gradually becoming harder and stonier with more albarese in the south; making the process of growing the grapes used in Italian wines unique and challenging. In the north, the Arno river can have an influence on the climate, keeping the temperatures slightly cooler, an influence that diminishes further south in the warmer Classico territory towards Castelnuovo Berardenga.

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  1. Chianti Classico , 2012 Clemente VII , 90 Pts James Suckling

    Chianti Classico , 2012 Clemente VII , 90 Pts James Suckling

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    Intense ruby red colored wine with a strong wild berries flavor, well integrated with a hint of spices and toasted vanilla. The taste profile is a perfect harmony with sweet tannins that make it velvety and well balanced. Learn More
  2. Chianti Classico 2011 DOCG Villa Buonasera

    Chianti Classico 2011 DOCG Villa Buonasera

    $18.00

    The 2010 vintage was a great year in Greve in Chianti resulting in a great Chianti! Winemaker Barbara only sells us her best! Color: Ruby-pomegrante red. Taste: Intense taste: fruity, raspberry & blackberry. A traditional Chianti Classico; It has four years of age and show it is eleganct, smooth and flavorful. Learn More
  3. Chianti Classico Clemente VII Riserva 2011, 92 Pts Wine Spectator

    Chianti Classico Clemente VII Riserva 2011, 92 Pts Wine Spectator

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    Chianti Classico Reserva's have to be aged one tear longer that normal Chianti Classico However in addition they are bigger and richer . Castelli del Grevepesa consistently makes high scoring wines. Learn More
  4. Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, 2011, Lamole, by Castelli del Grevepesa, 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
  5. Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Panzano, 2012 by Castelli del Grevepesa, 92 Pts  Wine Enthusiast

    Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Panzano, 2012 by Castelli del Grevepesa, 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast

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    2012 Was a great Vintage and this is a great Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is at The top of the Quality Pyramid Learn More
  6. Chianti Classico Reserva , 2010 Agostino Petri by Vicchiomaggio, 90 Points

    Chianti Classico Reserva , 2010 Agostino Petri by Vicchiomaggio, 90 Points

    $25.00

    Has excellent maturation potential, expresses the richness of the estate's soil Learn More
  7. Chianti Classico Riserva 2010, by Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino, 91 Pts W/S

    Chianti Classico Riserva 2010, by Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino, 91 Pts W/S

    Reg. Price: $48.00

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    A Big Rich soft Chianti Classico with classic sangiovese grapes aged in Oak. Not too tannic but just the right amount of tannins to bring out the sangiovese taste. This is a great Wine. 91 Pts Winespectator, Italian Wine Learn More
  8. Chianti Classico, 2013 San Jacopo by Vicchiomaggio

    Chianti Classico, 2013 San Jacopo by Vicchiomaggio

    $16.00

    Velvety tannins, hints of ripe cherry Learn More
  9. Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012,by Fattoria  Carpineta Fontalpino, 90 Pts W/S

    Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012,by Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino, 90 Pts W/S

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    An expression of darker fruit, this red remains fresh and defined by violet, black cherry and spice notes. Polished, but still marked by dense, edgy tannins, matched by sweet fruit on the finish. Learn More

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