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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  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010

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    Brick color in the glass. Interestingly a winemaker (of Italian heritage) once told me that Sangiovese should be a brick or umber color, not bright red. It did have a lively red fruit nose and on the tip of the tongue more of the same. After that I lost interest in this wine--fruit fades, no acid, no body, no complexity, no soul. There's not... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Buccia Nera Chianti Guarniente 2015

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    clear, medium ruby; clean, mild nose of peppers and black cherry; dry, heavily bodied with lots of tannins, blackberries, licorice, white pepper, tar and leathery; complex and lasted a bit :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Montesodi 2010

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    spicy yet cool melony nose; some dark fruits and liquorice Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... a really interesting rose of sangiovese (made by Robin) that was refreshingly clean and crisp with notes of watermelon and red cherry. This was then followed by a pinot grigio that had some chardonnay blended in. Definitely not your typical grigio as the chard added some... Read More

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  • Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2011

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    bold, dark, fruity, savoury Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Podere Barbi Lago di Corbara Vigneti Il Colomcaccio 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    I was expecting more but it was satisfying. Plenty of red berry fruit, tannins, acidity, spice and herbal tones. There was a slight barnyard funk to this that needs 45 mins. of decanting. 88 points - Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Wine review by finney


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