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...

  • Montalcino

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  • Chianti

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

  • Tuscany

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

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  • USA

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  • Italy

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

  • 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...

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  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

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    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Jade Mountain

    History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style ...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

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Sangiovese on Snooth

  • I like Hart.  It's the very first winery you see hit as you are ... ... ... had good Barbera, Syrah, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc from Hart.  Usually, the Joe Hart is working in the tasting room.  Joe just a terrific guy.  He is the founder of the winery, but he has turned over operations to his son.  So, now, he spends his time being a grac... Read More

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  • Inlaws are in town and we plan on doing a tasting day in Temecula.  I havent been up there in years.  Id like to hit 3 to 4 wineries.  Any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.   Read More

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  • For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian ... IGT Italy 13% $13 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot  Stoney and sweet on the nose like I’ve been crushing pomegranate seeds and strawberries all day with a leather handled mallet on an old stone counter.  Soft on entry, then the acids retain to th... Read More

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  • Castello Banfi 2006

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  • Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia 2010

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    Originally around $17 a bottle Im seeing this priced as low as $12 in many ... ... 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese Big and aromatic on the nose with a an early hit of spicy green herbs and tomato leaf followed by notes of leather, sandy soil, a hint of sea air and some dark, tarry fruits all topped with an odd hint of banana. Round and ... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Viticcio Bere Toscana 2011

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    50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot Stoney and sweet on the nose like Ive been crushing pomegranate seeds and strawberries all day with a leather handled mallet on an old stone counter. Soft on entry, then the acids retain to the palate supporting light strawberry and raspberry fruit. The tannins are very light here, sparse woul... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Opici Chianti Straw Bottle 2012

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    I realized I missed the straw-covered bottles of Italian and Spanish wines that I remember seeing years ago, so I picked this up. A tart, light-bodied wine with some smoky tannins in the aroma. Not bad. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • "Pork = Pinot"Not with that sauce. Maybe some blowsy CA pinot, but ... ... (Barolo, Barbera even sangiovese) or Spanish (Rioja or even a garnacha fine) red in my household for that dish.  Maaaybe something very southern Rhone or Provencal. The peppers and tomato kill too much of the pinot for me.Whether rose or red depends on the heat and moo... Read More

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  • I am having some friends over for dinner.  I am making this dish that I really like- very simple, but tastes great.  It's pork chops browned in garlic and olive oil, then add coarsely chopped red bell pepper, mushrooms, and a few tbs of tomato paste in white wine.  Then it all simmers for 40min or so.  I plan to serve it with a side of orzo with... Read More

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  • Luke is from Italy apparently. (click on his name!).Welcome Luke!  What ... wines from Veneto, but also Sangiovese and Nebbiol Read More

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  • Does this wine contain any oak

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Check the blog for tasting reports on 24 Sangiovese.

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