To be a truly authentic Chianti, the wine must originate from the Chianti region of Italy. This region is located near Tuscany. Traditionally, Chianti wine bottles were rather stout and were encased in a straw basket, known as a fiasco. Now, Chianti wines are produced in more standard shaped wine bottles. In the 1970s, Chianti wines had somewhat of a bad reputation for being too harsh tasting. Modern Chianti wines are crisp, smooth and infused with herbs, making them a perfect accompaniment for a large variety of meals. Chianti wines use mainly the Sangiovese grape, though there are often blends of grapes. However, in order to label a wine as a Chianti, it must possess at least 80% Sangiovese grapes. Below, discover some of the most sumptuous and delightful Chianti wines available and consequently some of Vine Vera’s favorites.
Felsina Berardenga Classico 2010
Produced by the illustrious Tuscan estate of the Fattoria Felsina Winery, this Chianti is a smooth and luxurious wine. The Fattoria Felsina Winery is winner of the coveted Tre Biccheiri award 17 times. Known for their impressive understanding and respect for the Sangiovese grape, the Fattoria Felsina Winery makes exquisite Chianit wine. The Felsina Berardenga Classico 2010 is a fruity, rich red wine that heavily features mixed berry flavor and spicy notes.
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Castello di Monsanto is a relatively young Tuscan winery that focuses on creating wines with superior quality grapes and a judicious use of technology. This emphasis on harvesting exceptional grapes is evident in the magnificent Chianti Classico Riserva 2008. This Chianti is nearly garnet in color and features a complex bouquet of black cherry and spices, with red berry and fruit flavors following. Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is styled classically, featuring the aesthetic of traditional Chianti wines.
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2009
The Selvapiana winery is located directly in the heart of Chianti Rufina region of Tuscany and was established in 1827. This Chianti is a version of an award-winning Chianti of the same name from 1990. Wine Spectator gave the Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 1990 a spot in the top 10 wines of 1992. This Chianti is a blend of 95% Sangiovese grapes and 5% Canaiolo, both of which are native to the Chianti region. The Selvapiana Chianti Rufina features a light, fruity flavor featuring black cherries, spices and earth. It has an incredible aroma and is a complete sensory experience.
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2009
The Badia a Coltibuono winery is situated in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, right in between Florence and Siena. This historic property is full of tradition and prides itself on producing some of the best wines from Tuscany. The Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2009 is the color of radiant rubies and has a smooth, supple flavor. Red fruits and spices are the main notes in this wine and the acidity is well balanced with the aromatic highlights.
Chianti wine has a rich history full of innovations and flavor combinations. Initially, Chianti was a white wine. However, today it is a delicious red wine known for its combination of fruit, earth and spices. Enjoy a glass of wine with an expansive history and a truly distinctive unique flavor with one of Vine Vera’s favorite Chianti wines.