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Collazzi I Bastioni Chianti Classico 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Chianti Classico I Bastioni is terrific. Bright red berry, rose petal, mint and anise are some of the signatures in a refined...
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Felsina Chianti Classico 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - There are mushrooms on the nose of this Chianti Classico, but these soon give way to subtle, deep aromas of blackberry crumble with...
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Felsina Chianti Classico 2013 375ml

Rated 92 - A super refined wine with sliced berry plus hints of cedar and vanilla. Full-bodied, bright and crisp; lovely finish. Drink now. -...
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Felsina Chianti Classico 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - A super refined wine with sliced berry plus hints of cedar and vanilla. Full-bodied, bright and crisp; lovely finish. Drink now. -...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva 2010 375ml

Rated 95 - The 2010 Chianti Classico Reserva Rancia is chiseled and focused. It offers a full spectrum of Sangiovese characteristics with balsamic...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva 2011 750ml

Rated 94 - From the 6.25-hectare Rancia vineyard, the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia shows a more elaborate and stylized personality with...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - Superlatives abound for this wine. It is bright with aromas of dark and red cherries and notes of leather, smoke and sweet spice. Lush...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - A fascinating combination of ripe fruit, fresh bark and mushrooms. Soya too. Full body, round tannins and a tangy and juicy acidity at...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Fresh and harmonious, mingling cherry, currant, tobacco and mineral flavors effortlessly. The tannins are well-mannered, and this...
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Il Molino Di Grace Chianti Classico 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Aromas of fresh mushrooms, dried fruits and cedar follow through to a full body, round and silky tannins and a chewy finish. A wine with...
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Lamole Di Lamole Chianti Classico 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - A fresh and crisp red that delivers a citrusy acidity and ripe fruit style. Medium to full body, plus cinnamon, dried cherry and...

Tuscany

In the heart of Italy lies its most well-recognized region: Tuscany. Chianti is a large wine zone extending through much of Tuscany. All of the zone is DOCG status, and it is divided into seven districts. Two of these have readily-available wines on the world market: Chianti Classico (Classico refers to the defined area--not to a reserve or superior bottling) and Chianti Ruffina. In addition to their district of production, Chianti wines vary in style according to aging. Reserve wines, often aged in French oak, may be released after two or more years at the winery.

Chianti is always a very dry red wine, with very concentrated fruit character, most often made entirely from the sangiovese grape. Chianti goes well with food, and can range in style from light to full bodied with tart cherry and violet aromas and flavors. Chianti can age ten or more years in a good vintage.

The second great red wine of Tuscany is Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, from the town of the same name just south of the Chianti district. Brunello is a local term referring to the grape variety sangiovese. These wines are of superior quality and limited production. Intense, concentrated and tannic, they tend to require long aging (up to 20 years), although some producers are now making a more approachable style. Rosso di Montalcino is a less expensive, ready to drink version from either young vines or slightly inferior fruit.

Three more Tuscan wines of note include:

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. From the town of the same names, these wines are made from basically the same grapes and same blend as Chianti, although the sangiovese clone in this district is Prugnolo Gentile. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was the first DOCG, and there are some excellent examples.

- Carmignano DOCG. This is a dry red wine made from Chianti-like blends, although Cabernet Sauvignon can also be used.

- Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG. Tuscany's best white wine, it is vinified from the grape variety of the same name. A fresh wine with an almond flavor and slightly oily texture, it is best drunk young.

What is a Super Tuscan?

The Super Tuscan phenomenon began in the 1970's when some producers decided to get attention by creating a new style of wine. The wines are called Super Tuscans either because they are produced outside the Chianti zone, or because their grape blends include varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc) that do not conform to the DOC requirements for Chianti, or because they are 100% Sangiovese which previously was prohibited in the Chianti area. Although the blends differ from producer to producer, what these wines do have in common is their expensive price tags. The most famous Super Tuscans, such as Sassicaia and Solaia , can induce collectors to spend upwards of $200 a bottle in a good vintage. The wines can vary widely in style from Chianti-like to Bordeaux-like to California Cabernet-like, depending on the blend.