Chianti is one of the most famous red wines of Italy and is exported to more than 100 countries of which the U S A imports (31 per cent), Germany (12), Canada (10), the United Kingdom (5), Switzerland (4), Japan (4), Scandinavia (4), Benelux (3), Russia (1), China and Hong-Kong (3), and other countries.
geologically, the land is a shield of clayey schists (marl), with layers of scaly clay, albarese and fine limestone sandstone.
Chianti Classico covers the provinces of San Casciano, Greve in Chianti, Tavernelle Val di Peso, Radda in Chianti, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti and Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Chianti Classico wines are classified as:
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (must contain a minimum of 13 per cent ABV, aged 30 months, 26-grams/Litre extract, and 4.5 grams of acidity/L.
Chianti Classico Riserva (aged 24 months, plus three in bottle)
Chianti Classico Annata (aged 12 months,24 grams/Litre extract, and 4.5 grams of acidity)
Ever since blending of cabernet sauvignon and merlot was introduced, Chianti Classico became more structured and age worthy.
Originally Chianti was an everyday medium-bodied, fruity, and “succulent” wine.
Some Chianti producers from the enlarged area still produce such wines, but most are sold within the country.
Chianti Classico is the original and best territory for sangiovese. Recently, several producers visited Toronto to stage a tasting for the trade and for the public.
Of the 75 wines presented, I tasted 31 and recommend the following:
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio, 2012, Barone Ricasoli
Agency in Ontario
Chianti Classico Borgo Scopeto, 2013, Borgo Scopeto
The case of wine terrymilne”thecaseofwine.com
Chianti Classico Riserva Carobbio, 2013, Carobbio
Not represented in Ontario
Chianti Classico Riserva, 2011, Carpineto
Robert Walcot rwalcot”univins.ca
Chianti Classico Riserva, 2012, Castello dÀlbola
Ron Blaney ron.blaney”impresa.ca
Chianti Classico , 2012, Castello Fonterutoli
Profile Wine Agency jsellittoviolo”profilewineagency.com
Chianti Classico Gran Seleziona Bellezza, 2012, Castello di Gabbiano
Will be available at Vintages July 12 2016
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Madonnino delle Piave, 2010
Barrel Select Inc firstname.lastname@example.org
Gran Selezione , 2010, Fattoria Felsina
Gran Selezinone Vigna del Sorbo, 2012, Fontodi
Rogers and Co. email@example.com
Chianti Classico Riserva Famiglia Zingarelli, 2013, Rocca delle Macie
Profile Wine Group
Chianti Classico Riserva Strada al Sasso, 2009, Tenuta di Arseno
B and W Wines firstname.lastname@example.org