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Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli 2015 750ml

Rated 90 - Ripe and fresh, this red evokes cherry, sandalwood, almond, tar, mineral and earth flavors. The tannins are dense, yet this is pure,...
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Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - A fresh and fruity wine with plum and cherry aromas and flavors. Hints of hazelnut. Medium body, firm tannins and a clean finish. From...
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Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Aromas of dried berry and spice here. Medium body, lots of dried fruit and a spicy finish. Ripe style but fun. A little rustic. Drink...
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Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa's wine hits all the right notes: perfectly ripe red cherry flavors that mingle with earthly...
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Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 1971 750ml

Rated 93 - The 1971 Chianti Classico Riserva is very pretty. Sweet dried cherries, earthiness, flowers, mint and tobacco are some of the nuances...
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Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 1986 750ml

Rated 89 - The 1986 Chianti Classico Riserva stands apart from many wines of the 1980s for its big, rich fruit. Leather, licorice and tobacco are...
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Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 1993 750ml

Rated 94 - The 1993 Chianti Classico Riserva is another stunning wine. It boasts gorgeous depth and purity, not to mention fabulous overall...
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Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 750ml

Rated 94 - The 1994 Chianti Classico Riserva is more immediate and juicy than the 1993. There is plenty of underlying structure, but it is buried...
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Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 1995 750ml

Rated 95 - The 1995 Chianti Classico Riserva is another marvelously complete wine. Waves of fruit saturate the palate in this intense, full-bodied...

Chianti Classico Italy Sangiovese Tuscany

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

The name of this grape, meaning 'blood of Jove' conjures up evocative images of long dead civilizations, and gives the Sangiovese varietal a sense of the holy, the sacred, the special. Indeed, this particular type of Italian grape has been cultivated and processed for thousands of years, and is said to be the original favorite grape varietal of the Romans, and the Etruscans before them. Throughout history, vintners have continued to plant this varietal, and they continue to produce wonderful wines to this day. The long bunches of very dark, round fruit are treasured by fine wineries in Italy and a few other places around the world, and when young, these grapes are lively – full of strawberry flavors and a little spiciness. However, it is when they are aged in oak that they take on some truly special flavors and aromas, as seen in some of the finest wines of the Old World.

The central Italian region of Tuscany is widely understood to be one of the world's most famous and highly regarded wine regions. The beautiful rolling hillsides and medieval towns and castles which are a key feature of the area are also home to many of Europe's finest wineries, and extremely high quality vineyards growing the distinctive Sangiovese and Vernaccia grape varietals which are the flavorful backbone of Tuscany's wonderful red and white wines. For almost three thousand years, this region has been recognized as an ideal home for wine production on a large scale, and the ancient Etruscans, Greeks and Romans all noticed that fine grape varietals flourished on the unique soils and under the hot sunshine which typifies the area. Today, Tuscany is home to a wide range of wines, from the traditional to the complex, but all dedicated to excellent flavors and aromas, and maintaining the region's international reputation.