Chianti

Chianti is made primarily of the Sangiovese grape. (Chianti Classico must be made of 75 to 100 percent Sangiovese). Sangiovese is the most famous grape of Italy, responsible for three great wines of Tuscany: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, it is also a major grape in many of the prestigious wines known as the Super Tuscans. Sangiovese is also produced in California where it is sometimes blended with other grapes.

Pronounced

(key-AHN-tee)

Appearance

Red to deep red

Body Style

Medium-bodied

Flavors

Raspberries, black cherries, blackberries, plums, spice and mocha

Major Source

California and Italy (Tuscany)

Food Matches

  • Appetizers
  • Asian
  • Parmesan
  • Romano
  • Pasta - Red Sauce

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