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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  • 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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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico 2015

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    Dark and savory aromas of blueberry and blackberry with smoky dark chocolate and mineral earth. Concentrated fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry on the palate, with chewy tannins and black olives towards the finish. Read More

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  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico 2015

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    Fresh fruit notes of cherry and red currant on the nose with pleasant spice and a creamy vanilla note. Expressive red fruit flavors on the palate with more zesty spice, chewy tannins and a bit of oak on the finish. 89 pts Read More

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  • Fattoria Rignana Chianti Classico 2014

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    Woodland tree bark and dark berry on the nose. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate. Read More

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  • Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico 2013

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    Earthy and brooding on the nose, this brings muted red fruit but mostly mineral earth. A touch medicinal in the mouth with fruit notes of mixed berry and cherry cough drops with a punchy character and a finish of gripping tannins and earthiness. Read More

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  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico 2015

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    Soft floral cherry blossom and earthy clay aromas with a hint of sweet spice. This is candied and quite fruity on the attack with a floral cherry and strawberry candy note to start but turning quite earthy towards the finish. Read More

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