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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Sangiovese on Snooth

  • "It seems you People only drink California wines. Is it a patriotic stand ... to even hear of a truly good sangiovese or nebbiolo out of CA. However the amount of paradigm shifting that goes on in CA is probably about the greatest on this winemaking earth. That energy and creativity and continual, steady progress, even if sometimes benighted (... Read More

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  • We tend to spend an awful lot of our time running around looking for things. We ... $8 Montepulciano: 70%, Sangiovese: 25% Lacrima: 5%  Spicy on the nose and quite floral with the spicy notes of lacrima being quite pronounced and layered over a base of raspberry and tea aromas. A touch sweet on entry, this is well balanced and fairly complex on... Read More

    From the article A Case for Montepulciano


  • Renato Romagnoli Il Rosso di Casa Romagnoli Marche IGT Rosso 2011

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    Montepulciano: 70%, Sangiovese: 25% Lacrima: 5% Spicy on the nose and quite floral with the spicy notes of lacrima being quite pronounced and layered over a base of raspberry and tea aromas. A touch sweet on entry, this is well balanced and fairly complex on the palate with hints of jellied berry fruits and a touch of peachy sweetness yielding ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I like Hart.  It's the very first winery you see hit as you are ... ... ... had good Barbera, Syrah, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc from Hart.  Usually, the Joe Hart is working in the tasting room.  Joe just a terrific guy.  He is the founder of the winery, but he has turned over operations to his son.  So, now, he spends his time being a grac... Read More

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  • Inlaws are in town and we plan on doing a tasting day in Temecula.  I havent been up there in years.  Id like to hit 3 to 4 wineries.  Any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.   Read More

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  • For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian ... IGT Italy 13% $13 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot  Stoney and sweet on the nose like I’ve been crushing pomegranate seeds and strawberries all day with a leather handled mallet on an old stone counter.  Soft on entry, then the acids retain to th... Read More

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  • Castello Banfi 2006

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  • Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia 2010

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    Originally around $17 a bottle Im seeing this priced as low as $12 in many ... ... 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese Big and aromatic on the nose with a an early hit of spicy green herbs and tomato leaf followed by notes of leather, sandy soil, a hint of sea air and some dark, tarry fruits all topped with an odd hint of banana. Round and ... Read More

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  • Viticcio Bere Toscana 2011

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    50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot Stoney and sweet on the nose like Ive been crushing pomegranate seeds and strawberries all day with a leather handled mallet on an old stone counter. Soft on entry, then the acids retain to the palate supporting light strawberry and raspberry fruit. The tannins are very light here, sparse woul... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Opici Chianti Straw Bottle 2012

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    I realized I missed the straw-covered bottles of Italian and Spanish wines that I remember seeing years ago, so I picked this up. A tart, light-bodied wine with some smoky tannins in the aroma. Not bad. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


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