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- eskinnyc - 01-16-2003 08:38 PM

A few years ago I used to regularly enjoy the Villa Antinori Chianti Riserva for around $15. Lately though, the price seems to be rising, everywhere I look it comes in at $20 - $22, a bit out of my range for my "house Chianti".

Does anyone have any recommendations for Chiantis with decent availability for under $15? I've already sampled the Ruffino Il Leo Superiore (nice, if somewhat diluted & weak), Viticcio (too much red fruit for my tastes) and Toscolo (I like this one a lot, a simple, unpretentious style). Thanks.

- Innkeeper - 01-16-2003 09:36 PM

Here is a wine widely available at a lower price (currently!!!) made from the same grape in the same style:

- hotwine - 01-16-2003 09:39 PM

If you'll do a search on the word Chianti in the Italian thread for any date, you'll find a bunch listed.

- Thomas - 01-17-2003 10:42 AM

We sell a fantastic Classico at $15, You are in my city, so go to

- stevebody - 01-17-2003 11:22 AM


I've found several fabulous Chiantis for small bux lately, the best of the bunch being a wonderful, juicy little thing called Velo - just a Chianti, not a Classico. Fattoria di Petroio has been great several vintages and most of the Italian restaurants in Seattle, including my own, pour the cheapest bottle you can possibly buy, the Caravaggio Chianti, and I've heard nothing but good remarks about it. It's not complex or refined but it's a great little food wine and stands up to spicy sauces just fine.

There are more but I'll save that for later, as I'm MOVING and about to, as my granddad used to say, "Snatch myself bald and crawl in a hole".

- Botafogo - 01-17-2003 12:24 PM

But, (and even here in Rio de Janeiro!) you can ALWAYS get an upgrade from coach to full on first class by buying a nice Rosso Piceno or Rosso Conero from the Marche at the same price. EVERY time we go to the Marche we leave asking ourselves "Why does ANYONE give the Toscani money?!?!?"

O Rio continua linda, Robertinho...

- Kcwhippet - 01-17-2003 01:15 PM


When do you get back? I'm going to be out there in about 2 months and I'd like to stop and see you.

- Thomas - 01-17-2003 03:39 PM

To pick up on Roberto's point, and yet keep you in Tuscany--Morellino di Scansano!

- Botafogo - 01-17-2003 05:18 PM

Unfortunately I must come back the first week in February...this time!


- Kcwhippet - 01-17-2003 07:23 PM

Morellino di Scansano - yes! Excellent choice. Try the one from Erik Banti (yes, he really is Italian). Wonderful tasting wine, and only $8.99.