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300 years with Chianti: how has it aged?

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Chianti, wine from the region of Tuscany in Florence, the first protected wine region in the world, greets its 300 years anniversary in good shape. Because of this celebration, there are various events in the region and in Florence capital you will find tastings and presentations.

The truth is that the Chianti wine, has varying degrees of quality. It is widespread in Italy, and also in other countries. Currently, and to distinguish it from other types, the Chianti Classico reinvents itself and its producers have created a new category: Gran Selezione, high quality, at a higher price, and to diminish the bad reputation that some have given the chianti.

Currently, this area covers 70,000 hectares and produces 35 million bottles a year of the wine called Chianti Classico. About 80% of production is exported to a hundred different countries.

It is noteworthy that the ordinary Chianti occurs throughout the whole region of Tuscany, while the Chianti Classico, since 2010 and by law, can only be produced in a strip of land between Florence and Siena, which has 7,000 hectares of vineyards.

In all these years of chianti, more significant events include increasing exports.Chinese and other powerful worldwide business groups have collaborated with some of the wineries in chianti production. This does not diminish the importance of traditional wineries, which are many, that during these years of history have supported and protected the quality of chianti as one of the best-known products of Italy.

Famous people and known gallery owners have purchased wineries in this area. Maybe it is the attracting charm of the wonderful Tuscany or maybe it is the extolling virtues of this wine.

Some producers go further and recognise that the future is the ecological and biodynamic cultivation, such as Querciabella, which are produced without chemical fertilisers or pesticides, according to biodynamic principles.

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Ruffino Chianti 2015

 

 

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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2012

 

 

What they mean when they talk about Super Tuscan Wine?

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The term “Super Tuscan” originated in the 1980s to describe a mix of Tuscan reds. What makes “Super Tuscan” a wine, unlike other Tuscan wines, is the use of non-indigenous grapes.

Super Tuscan wines differ from the Tuscan ones since they can be made from other different grapes than Sangiovese, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

The creation of super Tuscan wines was the result of blending unauthorized varieties in order to achieve high quality wines, which were labelled as table wine or “vino da tavola”. Since the 1970s the Tuscan producers began to develop this new wine.

The legal system finally gave up in 1992 by creating IGT (Typical Geographical Indication), a new designation that gave oenologists the ability to be more creative in their elaborations and launch to the market wine with a higher level of quality than a table wine.

The most famous Super Tuscan wine is called “Tignanello”, and was created by the Marquis Piero Antinori in 1971. This was the first Super Tuscan wine and is made with a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. After the release of Tignanello, other producers imitated Antinori and embraced the task of creating wines with these mixtures.

Although the first two super Tuscan were born in Bolgheri and the Chianti Classico area, they now have spread to all areas of Tuscany: Chianti Classico and other Chianti subzones, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Carmignano and Montecarlo. In areas such as Chianti, super Tuscans have become the cellars’ most important wines.

Super Tuscan wines are fine and highly rated wines. Some well-known in the world are: Sassicaia di Tenuta San Guido (developed by Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta) and Gaja, from Felsina, among others.

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Tignanello 2011: a red wine from Tuscany DO of Antinori cellar with cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc of 2011 and 14º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Brancaia Tre 2012 is a red wine with Tuscany DO based on the best of cabernet sauvignon and merlot from 2012.

 

Pizza wine? Chianti, per favore!

 TAGS:The Chianti wine is light, aromatic, very fruity… they are the perfect soundtrack, ethylicly speaking, to live life and be loved. These wines come from the Tuscany region of undeniable beauty which provides the frame for contemporary classics as Stealing Beauty or Under the Tuscan Sun.

Diane Lane and Liv Tyler abandon themselves to love and good Italian wine in one hundred and twenty minutes of two films that can only show a small part of this wine region of Italy comprising provinces like Florence, Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia, Prato and Rufina. Although these wines production was originally concentrated in the area of Siena, today there are eight sub regions in which it is produced.

Sangiovese is the predominant grape variety, which must represent at least three quarters of the Chianti?s composition in order to be considered as such, although there are many good options which go for the 100% as is the case of Frescobaldi Montessori Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007. Canaiolo (used in the Castello di Chianti Classico Riserva Querceto 2006), Malvasia and Trebbiano Toscano (Collezione Marchesini Chianti 2008), Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are the grapes that make up the rest of each of these wines, which such good results have given in export.

The low graduation and naive character of Chianti wines set them as easy wines perfect for the general public liking. However, those who like dry, woody and masculine wines should look into other wine regions, which probably will provide them more satisfaction.

Chianti is in the collective memory and remains in our minds when we think about those trips to Italy, not necessarily to Tuscany, where the first option that they propose you in the restaurant is always a Chianti, even though you are in the Piazza Navona in Rome.

While they are perfect wines to accompany a pizza, a plate of pasta al dente or a plate of grilled provolone, they are not recommended for consumption with red or game meat, which require a full-bodied wine.

The best for an Italian-style meal would be to start and finish with Chianti accompanied by a designation of origin espresso at the end. If you have not tried it yet you will like the ruby red color, which sometimes becomes a little deeper, you will fancy its balanced and fine bouquet that is sometimes perceived a little fruitier and you will get surprised to find some slight hints of nuts, usually almonds.

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One of the greatest Tuscany wines.

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A very savory Chianti, very affordable.

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Chianti, the ambassador of Tuscany

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Chianti wine is one of the most popular types of wine worldwide. Many will relate it with Hannibal Lecter, the psychopath at “The Silence of the Lambs,” who claimed to have a drink while committing atrocities, or to the saga of “The Godfather”, where you could not miss it in any of the undercover restaurants of the Mob. But regardless this, Chianti is one of the Italian wines with the longest tradition and more accepted. Do you want to discover the secrets of Chianti?

Tuscany is one of the oldest regions in which wine is made, next to Piedmont. In the 60’s these wines were known for their insignificance and little body and flavor, but since the mid-80’s innovative work in the area led them to a much-better-quality of these wines.

There are several designations of origin, in Tuscany, producing Chianti, but it was the principal, the DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllatae Garantita) Chianti Classico, the first one on leading a change.

5 Tuscan provinces have the right to the appellation Chianti, one of the largest in Italy, and the most important features are:

  • The Chianti, which is actually a rosé wine, or to be proper, a red wine (for its elaboration) which is made with white and red grapes, hence the pale color.
  • The bottle feature, inserted into a crushed straw basket, has a traditional origin. The straw was used in granaries to keep the bottled wine before drinking, and it was also used to transport the bottles to the market. Today is their main hallmark.
  • The use of white grapes was established in the nineteenth century, but today the presence of these grapes has become almost symbolic, so the wines have more colorand strength than before, winning prestige.
  • The principal grape in its development is the Sangiovese grape.
  • The secondary grape varieties are canaiolo and for a smaller proportion, the white varieties like Trebbiano and Malvasia of Chianti.
  • They also authorized the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varieties up to a 10% of the wine.
  • Production areas are: Chianti Classico, Rufina Chianthi (the largest and the smallest are the 2 who has given fame to the area), along with Colli Senesi, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Montalbano, Colli Aretini and Colline Pisano.
  • Chianti is a qualified Denomination of Origin (or its Italian equivalent, DOCG), and not just a Denomination of Origin (in Italy, DOC) since 1984.
  • In addition, after fermentation, they used to add raisins or dried grape paste, to increase the rate of sugar and unleash a second fermentation, so the wine ganes in softness. This practice is almost forgotten nowadays.
  • The same region produces some of the most famous sweet wines of Italy, vin santo, with its own identity and trademark.

Although most of the Chianti wines are perfect to consume young,for its fruity flavors freshness, and smoothness provided by the mixture of grapes, the quality jump that these wines have experienced in recent years has provide great chiantis that can age for many years maintaining and even gaining quality over the years.

Would you like to try the chianti? Well, here are some not to be missed:

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As we mentioned, the Chianti Classico area is the one which offers the highest quality wines. This Granaio will discover you why. Fantastic wine, fruity, soft and pleasant.

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Perfect Chianti to start knowing the area. Young, very soft and fragrant. This wine is ideal to take with a “spaghetti aglio e olio.”

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