Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico wine
Chianti Classico and Margherita Pizza – What a match!

Our Chianti Classico recommendations

Our recent tasting of Chianti Classico wine yielded a result much different from our previous tastings during this Pandemic period. The Vintage Wine tasters have been meeting virtually every other week since late March. Each meeting we select a wine to taste and share our findings with each other. We have two weeks between meetings to explore the wines, purchase and taste them.

The iconic symbol of Chianti Classico is the Black Rooster

In our most recent tastings, we were very enthusiastic about the Columbia Valley wines and the Languedoc wines. For our Chianti tasting, this was not the case. Out of 13 wines tasted, we can only recommend four wines.

Why were we not more enthusiastic about the wines of Chianti Classico? Many of the Vintage Tasters’ palates lead toward wines made from Rhone and Bordeaux grapes. Chianti wines are at least 80% Sangiovese, and the grape is very different from the grapes mentioned above. Chianti Classico Sangiovese grapes yield a light-to-medium bodied wine. There are few tannins and moderate acidity in their wines, with cherry flavors being the main component. We will not give up on Chianti Classico, we will revisit again in future tastings.

We tasted these wines and four of these we will buy again

Our recommended Chianti Classico Wines

  • 2016 Fattoria Torre a Cona 2016 Chianti Colli Fiorentini – A solid and beautiful-tasting red wine, a great wine with any pasta dish that has a red sauce. Weimax Wines $25
  • 2016 Castello D’Abola – Medium body with plenty of red fruit to cheer about. Great finish on a smooth-tasting wine. Total Wine $14.99
  • 2016 Barone Ricasoli ‘Brolio Riserva’ – Several high ratings for this wine. Deep complexity and delicious flavors. Costco Airport $19.99
  • 2018 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico – Medium body with solid red Sangiovese flavors. Pair with meat or pasta dishes. KL Wines $19.99

About Chianti Classico

The Chianti Classico wine region is in Tuscany, situated between Sienna and Florence. By law, Chianti Classico wines must be at least 80% Sangiovese, with only red grapes to be added to the Sangiovese. Chianti Classico has three levels of quality. The black rooster is the symbol of Chianti Classico. Wine-Searcher has an excellent article detailing everything you need to know about Chianti Classico.

Are you a fan of Chianti Classico wines? Tell us your favorites and why you think we should try them.

For our next meeting, we will take a Pinot Noir Challenge. Can we find a delicious Pinot Noir from California for under $25.

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