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 2007

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    A Top 100 wine that is just now coming into it's own, though it has been a good drinker for 2-3 years now. This was my last bottle. Typical chianti structure and framing. Dark cherries, plum and dirt blend well with florals and spice to present a distinctive and outstanding bottling of this yearly powerhouse. Excellent with chicken bruchetta, pa... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • La Velona Rosso di Montalcino Elsewhere 2006

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    A rather mellow RdM from the start. Blackberries, plum, spice, Montalcino dirt and a sprig of zest lead to the palate which sees the same with additional herbal notes, medium tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • La Velona Rosso di Montalcino 2011

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    A rather mellow RdM from the start. Blackberries, plum, spice, Montalcino dirt and a sprig of zest lead to the palate which sees the same with additional herbal notes, medium tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Eric Banti "Carato" Toscana IGT 2012

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    Wonderful blend. After sitting for awhile it has married completely to a smooth, effortless wine to drink (I like those.) . A combination of red and dark berry fruit overtones combine with Tuscany dust and minerality, mellow tannins and acidity creating a juicy aftertaste. A good red meat sauce and pasta food wine. Drink now. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Malagon Los Sesenta Sangiovese/Nebbiolo 2014

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    Minty, fruity nose. Initial taste is of not quite ripe fruitplum, peach, green apple. As the wine passes back, there is noticeable tannin, but it is not excessive. It does give the wine a bit of sturdiness. An unfortunate bitterness on the very back of the palate, but, maybe, Im being hypercritical. Surprisingly short finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Velona Rosso di Montalcino 2011

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    A rather mellow RdM from the start. Blackberries, plum, spice, Montalcino dirt and a sprig of zest lead to the palate which sees the same with additional herbal notes, medium tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Marco Barbanera Chianti 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Brunello di Montalcino Mate 94js 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by invinoveritas78


  • Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Something of a sharp nose with berry influence. Light berry/cherry on the tip of the tongue. Mid-strength tanninenough to get your attention, but not enough to scare those who are tannin-averse. A similar note on the acidenough to get your attention, but that is it. Medium-bodied. Pleasant, though not exceptional, aftertaste. For $15 I can... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cantina Zaccagnini Sangiovese Blend Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo 2012

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    Clean on palate. Good choice. May need to breathe Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


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