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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  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... RosatoMontalcino, Italy100% Sangiovese$18, 12.5% abv. While a gentle pink wine, there is still a considerable amount of fruit and acidity that indicate this can stand up to a wide range of foods. Light salmon in color, it has gentle aromas of raspberries with a light ... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... ... reds.  Next up was a Sangiovese, blended with a little Freisa and Viognier.  Not a traditional combination, to say the least. Strangely, the tannins tasted much more like Freisa (and Nebbiolo) tannins than the sometimes tannic Sangio.  California has trouble elsewhere, including ... Read More

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  • It’s hard to say no to a million bucks. This past Wednesday the ... ... Italian varietals, such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Teroldego and Marzemino.” Chardonnay is also a popular grape in Alpine Valleys vineyards, being used for “both sparkling and table wines.” Photo Credit: Alpine Valleys Wine Regi Read More

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  • Ercolani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004

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    Fantastic Brunello. This was brought back from a trip to Italy several years ago and has been resting comfortably. L's B-day along with Moms' day prompting opening this. Opened a few days a head of time, this poured out a bit brickish in color. Some nice dark fruit on the nose along with just a hint of smoke. On the palate there's plenty of blac... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Robin recently took the winemaking position at Swanson Vineyards in Oakville ... he was doing lab work on. A Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, 6 Cabernet sauvignons nd 3-4 Merlots. All 2014 fruit and vinified to this point by Chris Phelps for whom Robin will be taking over duties for. Fruit came from various vineyards from Oak K... Read More

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  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Superiore Montetinello 2010

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    Very good Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino 2011

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    Right clear red color with a fair amount of light coming through. Fresh, tart nosesome red fruit. Enjoyable red cherry taste on introduction to the tonguequite light though. Similar profile that I expect from a Sangio from Tuscanymedium bodied, good, albeit, delicate, refreshing acid. Easy to drink. Probably not one that I would expect to su... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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    Nice maroon color that might tilt towards brownish tinge. Kind of a musty nosedried fruit. Raisiny, dried fruit characteristic on the tongue that I normally get from Nebbiolos. Fairly full-bodied and quite round. Very mild tannin and very mild acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I Balzini White Label Dai Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosso 1999

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    Having let this wine breathe for a couple hours, it's a bright ruby, with some darker color toward the center, and surprising clarity given its age. The nose is quite pleasant, with some ripe berry, prune and cherry notes up front, than transition to some toasted oak and smoky notes. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe cherry and cola note... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Reininger Cima 2008

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    The wine is a beautiful bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a sophisticated and layered presentation of ripe black fruit over some smoke which plays nicely off some mineral notes and a hint of leather, very reminiscent of a nice Tuscan blend. The taste a brief flash of ripe plum and tart cherry that subsides into so... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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