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3 Chianti zones + 3 expert producers = 3 great wines.

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Since my first visit to Florence (over 20 years ago), these four little pigs have been happily dining on a steady diet of pork and Chianti at this butcher's shop.

Whether swigged from a straw flask in a rustic trattoria or ordered by the bottle from a celebrated vintage, Chianti is one of the world’s best-known and most widely consumed wines. So much so that it can be too often easily taken for granted. With literally thousands of producers in the appellation vying for our attention, how to distinguish between them in order to find the really good stuff? During our many travels to Italy we have sought out what we consider the very best Chianti, despite the many alternatives readily available here in the United States. Bound only by the Chianti name and predominant use of Sangiovese, these three wines hail from three different Chianti subzones: Rufina, Classico and Colli Fiorentini. As diverse as their land and their producers, they remain unmistakably true expressions of Chianti.

3-chiantis

Chianti Rufina 2006 Travignoli
was $12, now $10.80

The Busi family has been making wine in the Rufina subzone since the 12th century — this 100% Sangiovese 2006 Chianti Rufina stands up to their best vintages.

Chianti Classico 2005 Casa Emma
was $22, now $19.80

A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Malvasia Nera, this typical expression of the classico appellation is an excellent holiday wine.

Chianti Colli Fiorentini Montebetti 2007 Guido Gualandi
was $23, now $20.70

Guido Gualandi’s first vintage of his Chianti Montebetti combines 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, vinified separately and aged for ten months in oak casks of various size and age.

Save 10% on bottles 1 through 11, 20% on 12 or more!

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.

Discover Vino’s vast selection of holiday wines on our website, www.vinositeshop.com!

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