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Italy: Tuscany: Chianti (Normale)

What is Normale Chianti?
One of the first ever efforts in the history of the world at delimiting vineyard boundaries occurred in 1716 when the Grand Duke of Tuscany established limits to vineyard boundaries to protect the reputation of the wines within. These wines were held in such esteem that today "Chianti" can now be legally produced in six other outlying regions. In a manner reminiscent of the Burgundian tradition of attaching the finest vineyard names to commune wines, these regions appendage their names with that of Chianti. Of these six, Chianti-Rufina is considered to produce the finest wines outside the Classico region.

Even with this early start in classifying and regulating Chianti as a region and a wine, the moniker still covers a multitude of styles that can range from a simple light ruby hued wine with unmemorable character, to a dark, rich, long-lived wine. This is confusing to the consumer, in part due to the implausibly large area using the name Chianti, but also because of the varying composition of grapes used by different producers. According to current DOCG regulations, Chianti's composition must be at least 75-percent Sangiovese, up to ten-percent Canaiolo Nero (a soft, unassertive red blending variety), and a minimum of two-percent white grapes. Recent changes to the regulations permit a maximum ten-percent of Cabernet Sauvignon (or other non-traditional varietals), which can have a significant—many would say positive—effect on the overall structure and body of the resulting wine.

Premier Producers
Badia a Coltibuono (Roberto Stucchi Signature)
Villa Cafaggio
Castello di Ama
Isole e Olena
La Massa
Vecchie Terre di Montefilli


Great Producers
Badia a Coltibuono
Barone Ricasoli
Tenuta di Bibbiano
Le Bocce (Podere della Sala)
Brancia
Cacchiano
Castellare
Castello di Bossi
Castello di Cacchiano
Castello di Fonterutoli
Castello la Leccia
Castello di Querceto (Classico)
Castello di Verrazzano
Cennatoio
Dievole
Fattoria le Corti (Don Tommaso)
Fattoria di Felsina (Berardenga)
Fontodi
Lanciola (Le Masse di Greve)
Le Miccine
Montecchio
Montesodi
Il Palagetto
Poggio Amorelli
Il Poggiolino
Rocca di Montegrossi
San Leonino (Monsenese)
Solatione
Valiano (Casarossa & Poggio Teo)


Dependable Producers
Antinori (Peppoli)
Badia a Passignano
A. Bianchi
Borgo Salcetino (Salcineto)
Brolio
Cantina Vini Tipici dell’Aretino (Vasari)
Carobbio
Carpineto
Castelli del Grevepesa (Vigna Elisa, Castello di Bibbione, Clemente VIII, Lamole)
Castello di Farnetella
Castello di Querceto (Non-Classico)
Castello di Selvole
Castello di Volpaia
Collelungo
Frescobaldi
Geografico
Lamole di Lamole
Lanciola (Colli Fiorentini)
Le Miccine (da Gino)
Monsanto
Montellori
Tenuta la Novella
Peppoli
Poggiopiano
Poliziano
Quercia al Poggio
Rocca delle Macie
San Fabiano Calcinaia
San Giusto a Rentennano (Martini di Cigala)
San Leonino
San Vincenti
Tenuta Santedame
Terreno
Vagnoni
Valtellina
Vignamaggio
Villa Branca
Villa di Geggiano

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