We sniffed it, and a nose of apricots was overpowering. I said, "now, this is funny, I can smell apricots, but that's usually a characteristic of a white wine." He could smell it, too. In fact, the apricot scent was growing stronger and stronger.
What do you know ~ Chiantis often have white grape varieties blended in, particularly the lighter bodied styles that I'm looking for when I open a Chianti. So when you're drinking a Chianti (but not a Chianti Classico, which prohibits any white varietals), look for characteristics of white grapes
And now I know the straw basket is called a fiasco.