Today, I’m publishing two sets of tasting notes featuring Sangiovese-based wines from both Chianti and the U.S.’s West Coast. In many ways it is an interesting juxtaposition of wines, showing that Sangiovese is ideally suited to adapt to the offered conditions of each region.

Surprising even to myself, these groups of wine, while stylistically very different, were qualitatively pretty equal. Yes you can get great Sangiovese in Italy, but you can get great Sangiovese in California as well.

In fact, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that California Sangiovese is as good an imported grape as California is capable of producing!

Click here to see the Top 5 California Sangiovese

Click here to see the Top 5 Italian Sangiovese


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