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Sangiovese

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Offspring of Ciliegiolo & “Calabrese Montenuovo” (A nearly extinct grape variety)
Aliases: Brunello, Sangiovese Grosso
Grape Color: Purple
Regions: Primarily Tuscany; also Romagna, Lazio, Campania, Sicily


Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central Italy, with the capability to produce styles ranging from red wines to still wines, sparkling wines to dessert wines, It’s the grape every grape wants to be, with at least 14 Sangiovese clones existing today.

Sangiovese is excellent as a blend, but when used as a sole varietal, it is hard and acidic. Winemakers tend to blend this varietal with Bordeaux grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and even white wine grapes, sometimes Trebbiano and Malvasia. Sangiovese’ role in Tuscany’s famous Chianti wines is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon’s key presence in Bourdeaux wines -- A typical Read more »

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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Chianti

      Chianti is perhaps Italy’s most popular wine, and in recent years has come to evoke images...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Emilia-romagna

    Emilia-Romagna is the hyphenated name for the two provinces which meet at the capital Bologna i...

  • Tuscany

    To consider modern day Tuscan wine, one should give props to the Etruscans, who inhabited this ...

  • Montalcino

      The town of Montalcino, named for the species of local oak that once covered the area, res...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Chianti Classico

      Chianti Classico is the heart of the Chianti zone in the Tuscany region of Italy. It was a...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

Popular Wineries using Sangiovese

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

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Sangiovese on Snooth

  • Ruschieto 2012

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    Rich ruby red. A ripe cherry, with faint notes of chocolate, spices, fresh leather, and perfect for a Sunday Roast. Read More

    Wine review by londonlondon


  • Il Rosso Decugnano 2008

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    Un vino che è una favola Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... ... gamay, tempranillo, sangiovese, nebbiolo, syrah, zin) I feel comfy and grounded, like I've come home for a visit. But it's a big world out there and staying stuck at home can make one stale...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2006

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    Initial heavy, stinky nose blows off after a few minutes. A fresh one replaces it showing some strawberry, mint, maybe, some citrus. No big blast of fruit on entry, but there is noticeable red berry hints. Very nice, not overwhelming acid. Some hints of earthiness. Fairly stiff tannin sneaks in on the back of the palate. Good wine and one ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bolla Chianti 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Some Bordeauxish options:La Parde de Haut-Bailly is about $20 in France, less ... blends and those including Sangiovese. These are just off the top of my head with 30secs' thought, based on purchases I've actually made, locally or overseas. If i were to spend 30mins instead and do some websearches I could fill a whole page worth's of post, I'm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Inspired to build an authentic medieval castle to honor his Italian heritage ... Gewurztraminer, Rosato di Sangiovese, red table blend, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Primitivo, Merlot, a Super Tuscan Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat Canelli, late harvest Gewurztraminer, and late harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon. Each wine is classically st... Read More

    From the article Dario Sattui's Napa Valley Castle - Castello di Amorosa


  • It’s not what you think it is, and I’m not sure what the producers ... with 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese A little raw, spicy, and hard on the nose with fresh, crisp fruit. in the mouth this is a bit smoky with bright minerality supporting hints of licorice and burnt brownie. Light and clear on the palate, simple fresh and pure, with a cle... Read More

    From the article Flowers, Minerals, Black Cherries!


  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 2012

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    White Rioja - 12% alcohol, Light Straw color, very bright and fresh, an initial white pepper/basil with pear and green apple. Dry but rather silky with a long finish of lemon and a hint of cedar. Great balanced acidity. Goes very well alone or with food - and at this price point, a steal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bertani Secco-Bertani Original Vintage Edition 2010

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    Just a bit of Corvinone and other varieties, merlot, osceleta, Sangiovese, first part of fermentation in SS, then once it slows down it finishes in botte cherry and chestnut, instead of finishing in eight days the fermentation lingers for thirty even forty days, the long slow fermentation allows the wine to gain sweetness, not jamminess but gent... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Does this wine contain any oak

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  • Does it contain any Oak - in an Oak barrel or stainless steel barrel?

    Comment by 1116307available 1116307 available


  • the best Sangiovese I ever drank was a 2006 Deerfield Ranch from Alpicella vineyard in Sonoma.

    Comment by 1048507SonomaD 1048507 SonomaD


  • I am partial to Italian wines. It must be a cultural thing, as my parents were immigrants. Last week, I was introduced to Il Poggio Sangiovese Rubicone 2008 at my Italian conversation group. It was love at first sip ... I bought a case. Life is too short ... drink fine wines which can be bought a good price. There are many treaures out there wa...

    Comment by 497150Paula Giangreco 497150 Paula Giangreco


  • What is a 100% Sangiovese wine? Preferably from 2006.

    Comment by 466368ssu 466368 ssu


  • The fact that there is nary a bottle of Canaletto, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to be bought anywhere, says it all. At around $10 a bottle, it probably deserves more than a 3 out of 5 rating but what do I know? I just like drinking it when I can get it.

    Comment by 395195Barbara Ann 25 395195 Barbara Ann 25


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  • Check the blog for tasting reports on 24 Sangiovese.

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