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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  • Jack's post intrigued me.  I'd always thought that ... Classicos were 100% Sangiovese.Not true.According to this Wikipedia entry, since 1996, wines from this region must be 75% to 100% Sangiovese.  Blending is OK, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are not uncommon.I guess that any wine from this region that has less than 75% Sangiovese becomes ... Read More

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  • Ricasoli Brunello di Montalcino Torre Della Trappola 2011

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    Dark, brooding and smoky, this delivers loads of bright red fruit with a savory and earthy edge. In the mouth this has a bright sweet oak spice, ripe red cherry and strawberry fruit, zesty spice and fresh acidity, shifting towards blueberry and chocolate. Approachable and easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino l'Olivare 2009

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    The wine is a nice deep ruby red color in the glass, perhaps a little darker than I was expecting. The nose presents aromas of ripe black fruit, oak and baking spice, with a hint of smoke. The taste is interestng, as it starts out with a bit of cherry cola, mocha and dark chocolate, that transition to a bit of anise and dried herbs. The tanni... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Brunello di Montalcino Renieri 94js 2006

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    The wine is a beautiful purple garnet in the glass, with just the faintest hint of brown along the edges. The nose is replete with aromas of leather, plum and violet, with just a hint of pepper spice. The taste brings be back to late summer in Tuscany, with a bright rush of ripe plum and currant up front, that transitions nicely to some notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010

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    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is ... somewhat old school sort of Sangiovese. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of berry fruit and cherry cola that transitions nicely to some wonderful earthy spice notes midpalate. The tannins are nicely integrated, giving support to a very long and smooth dry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • JD, Mark, great time last night, hope this is just the first of many!Rob, ... ... was a nicely nuanced, 80% sangiovese, 20% cab sauv blend that was holding up extremely well.  This Super Tuscan was very well balanced but definitely on the darker fruit side and we probably could have given it some more air time to really show its stuff. The Sic... Read More

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  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR Cucina. My first time there, and seemed to be a perfect fit, casual and somewhat lively atmosphere, and good italian food ranging from salads, (not so heavy) pizza's, pasta's, and risotto. My wife and I tasted from all categories except the pasta, and all were very good.We... Read More

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  • Tenuta Lilliano Chianti Classico 2013

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    Wine review by armysaint


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... grapes as Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Malvasia doing well in their warm climate. But the Gruet family has shown that the diversity of New Mexico’s landscape can go beyond these varieties, and so, it makes one think that perhaps the potential of... Read More

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  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... ... be a great candidate for Sangiovese.  Thirty-three years ago a GF of mine who was the daughter of a classics scholar and spent a great deal of time in Italy looked out over that land at what would have been the end of the growing season and said, "It looks just like ... Read More

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