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Chianti

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. 

 

Banfi 2015 Placido Chianti 750ml

$16.43

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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Cantina Vecchia 2018 Chianti 750ml

$18.17

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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Melini 2019 Neocampana Chianti 750ml

$18.17

The Melini Winery dates back to 1705, and in the 19th Century it was among the first to develop export markets for the Chianti region. Their 2017 Chianti is a blend of the traditional, visible in the unusual bottle that recalls the straw covered Chianti...

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RD Macie 2019 Straccali Chianti 750ml

$17.30

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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Tenuta di Arceno 2018 Chianti Classico 750ml

$37.30

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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Fattoria Selvapiana 2019 Chianti Rufina 750ml

$40.78

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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Rocca di Montegrossi 2015 Geremia Toscana IGT 750ml

$86.86

The 2014 Geremia, Rocca di Montegrossi's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is another compelling wine in this range. Today, the Geremia is perhaps a bit austere, but at least some of that is attributable to the personality of the vintage. Time in the...

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Dievole 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG 750ml

$39.04

Here's a great value from Tuscany. Dievole's 2015 Chianti Classico boasts a very clean, luminous and beautiful appearance. The wine boasts its immediately attractive side the moment it is poured into the glass. It also proves worthy of the most delicious...

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Felsina 2017 Beradenga Chianti Classico 750ml

$49.48

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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Lornano 2017 Chianti Classico 750ml

$32.96

Cherry and berry aromas with hints of walnuts and spices. Medium-bodied with beautiful fruit and undertones of dried mushrooms and wet earth. Score: 92 points -- James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

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