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

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

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    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

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Sangiovese on Snooth

  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% ... ... or also French? And any sangiovese besides Chianti?Hopefully one or our regulars who lives in Sonoma and qualifies as an industry insider will weigh in with some up-to-date recommendation Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel.  I bought a half bottle of Seghesio Sonoma '12.  I decantered it for 1 hour and ate it with spaghetti w/tomato-basil sauce.  The wine was dominated by the alcohol -- 14.8% -- and while I tasted black fruit and a very interesting roasted sage note on the mid-palate, the alcohol drive of the wine ma... Read More

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  • Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2012

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    Enjoy this wine now. A $10 USD must visit from Italy. Great Job Coltibuono Winery. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2012

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    What?? Is this Wine 100% Sangiovese? young bright and feisty..??- I don't know why YET, but I do love this Chianti Classico and so do my wine guests. This Wine followed Valdicava 2011/ 100% and performed.. CRAZY?? not once but Twice to critics.Thanks a Million Grapes Coltibuono Vineyards Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Viticcio Chianti Classico 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by jamlani


  • Mighty fine red Italian blend from Remy Wines. This is a mix of Sangiovese, Barbera and Dolcetto. A very expressive nose of stewed plums and blackberries. The layers of black and blue fruits are very well balanced against fine grained tannins, a bit of pepper and some mouth watering acidity.Picked this up at the winery during our 4th of July vis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Remy Wines Three Wives Remy's Red Or/Wa 2011

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    Mighty fine red Italian blend from Remy Wines. This is a mix of Sangiovese, Barbera and Dolcetto. A very expressive nose of stewed plums and blackberries. The layers of black and blue fruits are very well balanced against fine grained tannins, a bit of pepper and some mouth watering acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... it was from Piedmonte or a Sangiovese taste like it was from Tuscany? Good! They should taste like they're from California or Oregon or Washington or New York or wherever they're from.It may be a few years but I think the wines from the US are increasingly intere... Read More

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  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? 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.

    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.

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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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