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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

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Popular Wineries using Sangiovese

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    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

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    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

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    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

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    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

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      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

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  • Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2012

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    90% Sangiovese, 10% a blend of malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot Sweetly oaked and vanila influenced on the nose, this show some attractive black cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas. A bit slick in the mouth in a rich but simple style that is attractively fresh with a nice mineral edge that helps to add a bit of cut to the rather chunky fruit.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carpineto Chianti Classico 2012

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    80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo and other red grape varieties Damp tobacco, earthy, and a bit funky come together on the nose which is decidedly not fruit driven but complex and nuanced. Big fruit underpinned by tannins are a bit hunky and inelegant fills the mouth on entry. Decidedly young and raw, this shows off a rather old school profile with l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2012

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Mineral and herb greet the nose followed by a little huckleberry over wild blackberry fruit but the dusty and mineral notes return to dominate the nose in a nuanced and attractive way Fairly big fruit in the mouth is a little chewy, a little short, tight and raw but with lovely purity of fruit and fine typicity. This ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot Big aromas greet the nose all leathery at first then bright with fresh fruit, a hint of a refreshing herbs and a hint of sweet toasty wood spice. Lively on the palate, with power, cut and inner mouth perfumes, this is very strong with fine cherry fruit on the midpalate though it does fade a bit on the finish. fairly str... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chianti Classico. San Felice 2011

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    80% Sangiovese, 10% Colrino 10% Pugnitello Classic smoky red fruits greet the nose framed with nuanced dried herbal and tree bark aromas. Sweet fruit, nicely spicy and with a twang floats across the palate showing off a very pretty and aromatic style. The red fruit, ripe but fresh and raspberry toned is punctuated by slightly rough tannins that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Perfumed and floral on the nose, which is filled with aromas of spiced blueberries, minerals, and sweet leather notes. A touch soft, or rather fleshy in the mouth, this is rich with soft, ripe tannins that makes for a bit of a chewy mouthful. Theres plenty of bright cherry and slightly darker berry fruit on the palate that is n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Val Delle Corti Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo High toned on the nose and a bit beefy then smelling gorgeously of earth, herb and spicy red fruit. This opens on the round side of things in the mouth with slightly bricky tannins and tart acids supporting a core of rich and fairly powerful raspberry. The tannins turn more polished in the mouth and through the elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2011

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    90% sangiovese, 10% complimentary red grape varieties Rather explosive on the nose with superbly focused aromas of mineral, dried herbs, and smoky nuances all layered over a base of slightly jammy wild strawberry and lingonberry fruit. Perhaps a touch soft on entry, this then firms up with a fine astringent streak running through the cherry and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tenuta di Lilliano Chianti Classico 2011

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    80% Sangiovese, 20% unspecified complementary varieties Wild yeast organic earthy, funky aromas greet the nose, though under all of that this really has a big, perfumed nose with great complexity. Edgy and wonderfully clear on the palate, this is awesome though it has some funk on the palate that will turn some people off. late arriving mineral... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Spicy on the nose with a hint of wood adding detail to the raw if not aggressive perfumes of frutti del bosco flecked with hints of seeds and spice adding real complexity. This is downright opulent in the mouth and punching way above its weight class with richness, depth of fruit and a refined quality that makes this a real stand... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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