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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  • Very excellent, Lucha.  I really want to find a domestic Sangiovese that I really like.  Maybe I have to look to Washington. Read More

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  • The Ruffino virtual tasting was perfectly timed to synch up with two great ... ... km course. Eight Bells Sangiovese takes on the Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico.Check out the matchup details here to see which one of these wines wins the pri Read More

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  • San Guisto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2012

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    Open and demonstrative, the nose shows spiced dried red cherry, dried violets, ... ... and satisfying. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo. 91 Pt Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    The nose is dark and firm, with black cherry skins, mineral Earth, and serious floral notes on top and a suggestion of spearmint. The palate is finessed, with great strength underneath, showing elegant red cherry, and raspberry, with Asian spice, and fine texture. Notes of charred Earth accent the structure, which is complete and balanced, albei... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    Grapes80% Sangiovese 15% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon francDegree of Alcohol 14%This wine is the result of a careful selection of grapes for the production of the Brolio Chianti Classico. A traditional reserve, to the distinctive character of Chianti.Tasting notes:Intense ruby red color. Taste notes of vanilla, chocolate, violets and cherries. W... Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • I got a flat tire riding home from work today so I was the exact opposite of ... Washington's Eight Bells Sangiovese in a winner take all brawl.  I will post the details later this wee Read More

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  • Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2012

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    Notes of bright cherry with layers of chocolate, spice, and leather. Very nice for the price (under 15$). Drink with a chicken parm or a vegetable stew. Read More

    Wine review by Cassandra Rosen


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano 2013

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    Notes of bright cherry with layers of chocolate, spice, and leather. Very nice for the price (under 15$). Drink with a chicken parm or a vegetable tomato stew. Read More

    Wine review by Cassandra Rosen


  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    Dark translucent purple in the glass. Spicy, woody nose. Smooth, but assertive entry to the palate. Not a lot of fruit, this is a real wine, not a cherry syrup flavored drink. Hint of, get this, cinnamon. Fairly light acids, No tannin bite at all on the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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