What is the difference between a Chianti and a Chianti Classico?

What is the difference between a Chianti and a Chianti Classico?

In Chianti Classico, the wine must be made from at least 80 percent Sangiovese grapes. In Chianti, only 70 percent needs to be Sangiovese. And while Chianti Classico only allows red grapes, Chianti allows up to 10 percent white grape varieties.

How do you drink Chianti Classico?

Chianti wine is best served chilled but not cold. Try to get it down to a temperature of 55 to 60 °F (13 to 16 °C) before you serve it. You shouldn’t store Chianti in the fridge, though. If it’s too cold, you’ll miss out on the more subtle notes in the flavor.

How long does a Chianti Classico last?

2-5 years: Chiantis at this stage can often be quite pretty and floral if you get the right producer.

What does Chianti Classico taste like?

Chianti Tasting Notes Chianti is high in tannins and is usually oaked for a number of months, 7-24 months in the case of Chianti Classico. This results in a medium-bodied wine with notable earthy and rustic aromas. Common flavor notes include cherry, strawberry, dried herbs, balsamic vinegar, and smoke.

Is Chianti light or heavy?

Chianti. This classic Italian wine is one of the most popular reds in America. Light and dry, it is made primarily with the Sangiovese grape and derives its name from the region of Tuscany in which it is produced.

Is wine from 2010 still good?

White wine: 1–2 years past the printed expiration date. Red wine: 2–3 years past the printed expiration date. Cooking wine: 3–5 years past the printed expiration date. Fine wine: 10–20 years, stored properly in a wine cellar.

Does Chianti get better with age?

Whilst a Chianti Classico is a high quality wine, it doesn’t have that extensive oak ageing that allows to develop great maturity. In general should really be drunk before the 10 year mark, whereas a great Riserva can last 10-15 years.