If you ask 10 different people whether or not Sangiovese can age, you are likely to get 10 different responses, ranging from an incredulous “of course” to an equally incredulous “of course not.”

How can this be? Simply because Sangiovese is many things, many wines, and can be different things to different people. Consider for the moment that you can buy Chianti, Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Super Tuscans all from Tuscany, all based on Sangiovese, with each trying to fill a niche in the marketplace that is not served by the other. Heck, you can find producers who offer this line-up of wines and more, simply trying to satisfy market demands.

You think I’m going to be able to offer an easy answer to the question of Sangiovese’s ageability? Not a chance, but a longer answer? That I can do.