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Chianti Classico Wine Tuscany, Italy

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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
    Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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    • Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
      Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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      • Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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        • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
            Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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              • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                • Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a Destra 1996 Front Label
                  Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a Destra 1996
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                  • Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                    Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                    • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                    • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                      Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                      • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                        • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico 1996 Front Label
                          Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico 1996
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                          • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                            Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                            • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1996 Front Label
                              Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1996
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