The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Chianti

One of the famed wine-producing regions of Tuscany. Wines of Chianti can be made from any number of Sangiovese clones, and likewise the wines span a wide spectrum of flavor and aroma profiles. Young, fresh Chianti can offer notes of raspberries and sage on the nose and an almost ephemeral palate, supported by only slightly astringent acidity. Chianti Classico Riservas, at the other end of the spectrum, can be deep and brooding, with notes of underbrush and blackberries augmented by cocoa, baking spices, violets, and iron. The best of these wines will improve beautifully with age, though they are generally great upon release as well.
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