chianti.jpgBy Davide Taviani CC2.0

Gone are the days when Chianti meant Fiasco style bottles with their straw basket covered bottoms, served by the litre in cheap trattorias. The wine produced in the Chianti region today - especially in the historical core of Chianti Classico - is some of Italy's finest, as beautiful as the verdant rolling hills on which the Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes are grown. 


Cantina Vecchia 2018 Chianti 750ml


Sangiovese is the staple variety in Tuscany and synonymous with Chianti and Brunello wines. Considered a reflection of its terroir, Sangiovese creates wine styles that vary from light and floral, to dark and highly tannic. This wine is a lively ruby red...

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Banfi 2015 Placido Chianti 750ml


Winemaker's Notes: "Conte Placido was the hero of an epic battle between two Italian provinces. For his valour, he was awarded a vast estate where winemaking soon became an important part of the culture. A nod to this heritage and legacy, Placido's...

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RD Macie 2017 Straccali Chianti 750ml


Intense and persistent; violet notes mingle with cherry. Well-structured with a firm, polished finish. Serve at room temperature. Pair with hearty pastas, stews, poultry and red meats. --Winemaker

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Fattoria Selvapiana 2018 Chianti Rufina 750ml


Selvapiana's 2018 Chianti Rufina is exquisitely beautiful. A wine of translucence and character, the 2018 captures the essence of the vintage in spades. Dark cherry, blood orange, cinnamon, rose petal and mint are all laced together in the glass. The...

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Tenuta di Arceno 2017 Chianti Classico 750ml


This wine just jumps at you with immediate notes of ripe cherry, chocolate, tobacco and toasted espresso bean. The 2017 Chianti Classico is robust on every level, a very modern and contemporary take on this Italian classic. There's a lot of sunny heat...

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Felsina 2017 Beradenga Chianti Classico 750ml


Aromas of plum, exotic spice, eucalyptus and a hint of violet form the nose. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly structured and has nice tension, offering mature black cherry, blackberry compote and licorice accompanied by polished tannins. Drink...

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San Giusto 2018 Chianti Classico San Giusto 750ml


The 2018 Chianti Classico is a textbook expression from the appellation. This Sangiovese-based wine shows latitude and depth with elegant aromas of wild berry, forest floor, dried blueberry, honey, lavender and rosemary essence. There are hints of chalk...

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Poggio Alla Sala 2017 Chianti Colli Senesi 750ml


Deep ruby colour, with a bouquet of delicate dark and red fruits, tobacco, and leather. Well balanced with good depth and a velvety finish. A true old-style Chianti, this dry Italian wine pairs best with juicy Italian food. Conchiglione pasta as red and...

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Riecine 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva 750ml


This supple red is graced by ripe cherry, blackberry, tar and iron flavors. Juicy and firm, with terrific balance and a long, expressive finish. Stays fresh and vibrant. Drink now through 2033. Score: 93 points -- BS, Wine Spectator, 2020

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