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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  • Le Regge Chianti Classico 2013

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    This has pleasant notes of cola, fresh cherries and plenty of zesty acidity along for the ride. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and full of lively spices and fruit. Read More

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  • Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2013

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    Sulfur, smoke and earth obscure muted fruit on the nose. On the palate this is darkly plummy with a hint of flower petal, more smoke and rich minerality with a smoldering earth finish. Read More

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  • Poggerino Chianti Classico 2014

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    Fresh cherry pie filling and savory minerality on the nose. Tart, fresh and zesty on the palate, this starts off with bright cherry and cranberry notes and turns chewy and earthy on the finish, with fantastic spice throughout. 90 pts Read More

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  • Casanuova di Nittardi Vigna Doghessa Chianti Classico 2014

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    Earthy, mineral aromas of cranberry, cherry and strawberry are lightly floral. Approachable and pleasant, this comes with a tart cranberry vanguard followed by more earthy, tannic structure towards the finish, turning upwards right at the end with cola, blueberry and cherry notes that tail off for quite a while. Read More

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  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013

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    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

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  • San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2014

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    Deep savory black currant and blackberry aromas with vanilla bean and oak spice on the nose. Dry and dusty on the palate with concentrated cherry and strawberry flavors, this has an oaken core and rough tannins that expands outwards towards a finish of herb and spice. Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2014

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    Smoky earth and bramble fruit notes on the nose. Focused fruit notes of cranberry and cherry on the palate with a tart and earthy finish of dark chocolate and burnt toast. Read More

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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2015

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    Clean, light aromas of cherry and potpourri. Potent spice and a bright acidity greet the palate but this is actually quite brooding in the mouth, showing good fresh spice and an earthy, herbal character towards the mid palate that's part birch bark, part oak and a smoky finish with gripping tannins. 89 pts Read More

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  • Istine Chianti Classico 2014

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    Floral cherry and violet petal notes with red licorice. A bit tart on the palate, simple but pleasant raspberry and cranberry notes and a bit of earth on the finish. Read More

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  • Riecine Chianti Classico 2014

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    A bit of heat on the nose with a pervasive, slightly inorganic note, but paired with ripe berry and fresh flower aromas. On the palate this has talcum powder and strawberry fruit with a tart acidity and cranberry on the finish. Read More

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