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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  • Italy

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

  • Napa

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

  • Chianti Classico

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

  • Tuscany

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  • Chianti

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      Armagnac is a grape brandy that is produced in the Gascony region of France. It’s the olde...

Popular Wineries using Sangiovese

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

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Sangiovese on Snooth

  • So you want to celebrate Earth Day do you? And what better way than with an ... ... box that the Fuoristrada sangiovese comes in. It packs better than bottles, is light to transport, and uses less energy to produce it. You want to save the earth? Tell producers to stop with the glass, foils, and corks. Bag in box and Tetra Pak is the way forwa... Read More

    From the article Organic and Under $15


  • Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso NV

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    I bought this wine by mistake the other day. I thought I was picking up the Casamatta 2011 Tosscan IGT, but when I unpacked at home, I saw that this Casamatta is a non-vintage "Rosso," which I would interpret to mean "red wine." It has a "woody/viney" nose, and on the palate it has noticeably less fruit and acid as the vintage Toscana IGT. Al... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2011

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    This luscious Chianti has a wonderful bouquet of ripe cherries, coffee and vanilla. Its Kirsch-like colour is followed by a teasing entry of sweet cherry, some more medium-weight coffee plus a pinch of anise. For a young wine from a dodgy vintage, very impressive and excellent value. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... them when I was younger. And Sangiovese-based wines too.Alas. Too soon old and too late smar Read More

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  • In getting together with some LA and OC wine folks yesterday, I brought along this 1961 Oddero Barolo to the party that also featured a '66 Lafite, and a '66 Haut Brion, among others. I had sourced this Barolo just last week as something to throw at the pair of old 1st growth wolves, and spice things up. Sitting here this morning, I can easily c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • Fontaleoni 'Colli Senesi' Chianti 2012

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    Reticent on the nose and herbal with aromas of dried graasses, hay and subtley spicy red fruits. Light, fresh and zesty in the mouth, this is laden with bright, clear and slightly sweet cherry fruit. Its a simple wine but round and yet bright in the mouth. Very refreshing and gaining some savory complexity on the backend, this goes down dangerou... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Monte Bernardi Fuoristrada Sangiovese 2010

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    Moderately fruity on the nose at first then earthy, leathery and gently sweet ... rather ripe and chewy for Sangiovese, theres a lot to like here but its a bit one dimensional. 86p Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano 2010

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    A touch reticent on the nose but some swirling brings out an attractive bouquet of wild herbs, earth, almost violet floral notes and small wild cherry fruits with hints of blueberries and grilled meat adding subtle complexity. This enters the mouth with real energy, great concentration of fruit that is rich and powerful but neither sweet nor fru... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Omero Moretti Terre di Giano 2011

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    50% Sangiovese, 25% Ciliegiolo, 25% Merlot. Dark on the nose and slightly oaky with aromas of maduro tobacco, licorice and carob that drift up with spicy nuance to frame a tight core of black fruit and fresh leather. An initial rush of candied herbs flows across the palate pushed along by a wine of great power, and clarity. Theres excellent deta... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative ... to find things like Syrah, Sangiovese, Riesling or Zinfandel at one or the other of these.  Now I'm going to share my prejudice.  Of the three, my favorite is Keenan for a couple reasons.  I like the simple very casual approach to their tasting room.  The tasting room i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • 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.

    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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