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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  • Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2011

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    bold, dark, fruity, savoury Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Podere Barbi Lago di Corbara Vigneti Il Colomcaccio 2010

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  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    I was expecting more but it was satisfying. Plenty of red berry fruit, tannins, acidity, spice and herbal tones. There was a slight barnyard funk to this that needs 45 mins. of decanting. 88 points - Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Wine review by finney


  • Torrebruna Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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    Wine review by Doctor Scooter


  • Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2011

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    Had this with dinner at Del Frisco's Eagle in Dallas. This one from Wine.com seems very accurate to me - '"One of the brightest and most consistent stars from the Allegrini portfolio, the 2011 Palazzo della Torre does a great job in framing local flavors with the current and future favored global drinking style- soft, ripe and smooth, but not ov... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • GregI think we often think of new varieties outside of their traditional ... ... ... are trying Nebbiolo and Sangiovese as certain regions appear have the right soil and weather.  We also have a lot of Italians in Australia although not a huge number in the wine industry [they all make plenty of money from fresh fruit and veg and then become ... Read More

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  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's going to be completely different than the Italian versions"This is true although the Leonetti version is good on its own.Sangiovese is another grape that deserves wider expression. We're willing to drink Merlot or Pinot Noir from many countries but sniff at Nebbiolo or Sangio... Read More

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  • Jonderrt have a question I am on the leonetti list to buy , my question is why would buy their Sangiovese at $70 dollars when I can buy Italian at half the price? I know you cannot answer for me I have to make my own decisions,for some reason I have a block buying Italian wines from US vintner. Read More

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