The Case for Chianti Classico Wines

It is the Sangiovese grape that primarily makes Chianti Classico wines. The wines tend to be medium-bodied, graced with acidity, red fruit, and dried herbs. Some consider Chianti wines to be the ultimate food-friendly wine. We love it with any tomato-based pizza or pasta dish. You can’t beat it.

The area of Chianti Classico wines is in central Tuscany, between the historic cities of Florence and Sienna. It is a beautiful area, bustling with rolling hills and small towns.

View of a Chianti village and vineyards

Chiant wines we like

Six delicious wines from Chianti

These are the wines the Vintage Wine Tasters judged and they are listed in order, starting with our favorite. All wines are available at Total Wine in Daly City. All of these wines are excellent and worthy of a try. Remember these wines are Sangiovese based and, thus, medium in style. There are no block buster wines with extracted flavors. They are gentle and pleasing to the palate.

  • 2018 Tenuta di Renieri Classico – $19.99 – James Suckling 92 Points
  • 2017 Tesoro della Regina Classico Riserva – $17.99 
  • 2016 La Castellina Classico -$21.99
  • 2017 Cantalici Baruffo Classico – $19.99  – James Suckling 92 Points
  • 2016 Vecchia Cantina Riserva – $13.99 
  • 2016 Casalino Classico Riserva – $16.99

Notice the black rooster on the neck of all Chianti Classico bottles. Find out the Legend of the Black Rooster

What a perfect match
Joe and Janelle in Chianti at the Caparsa Estate in the Rodda Countryside

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