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Top 5 Chianti at the LCBO

Giacomo Mori Chianti 2011, Docg Bottle Giacomo Mori Chianti 2011, Docg

Tuscany, Italy
68858

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Bartali Riserva Chianti 2013, Docg Bottle Bartali Riserva Chianti 2013, Docg

Tuscany, Italy
541524

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Chianti

Chianti is a red wine made primarily from Sangiovese (80% minimum), blended with smaller amounts of local varieties like Canaiolo or Mammolo or international ones like cabernet sauvignon or merlot. It takes its name from the traditional region of the same name, located near the cities of Florence and Sienna, in Tuscany, where it is produced. It used to be easily identified by its squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called fiasco; however, the fiasco became synonymous with cheap wine and is only used by a few makers of the wine. Today, most Chianti is bottled in traditionally shaped wine bottles. There are many sub-appellations in Chianti, all geographically-defined, like Chianti Colli Senesi or Chianti Rufina. The best-known sub-appellation is chianti classico, whose bottles bear the symbol of a black rooster and whose quality is generally considered to be the best. Low-end Chianti is fairly inexpensive, and basic bottles can be bought for around $10 CAN. There are many higher end, sophisticated Chiantis being made recently, however, and these are sold at substantially higher prices.