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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  • Dancin Vineyards Tribute Red Blend Southern Oregon 2013

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    Floral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palate with more dusty, earthy fruit notes of black cherry, birch bark and a toasty oaken finish that's drying and has good length, with just a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Le Vigne Cuore Della Vigna Estate Paso Robles 2013

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    Savory soy sauce and beef stew aromas with intriguing minerality and ripe cherry, mixed berry and baking spice. In the mouth it's considerably cooler, bringing milk chocolate and zesty spice, a zip of acidity towards the finish and a palate of fruit flavors, mostly raspberry, cherry, blueberry and cranberry. Fruit forward and approachable, with ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... Southern Oregon 2013Barbera, Sangiovese, NebbioloFloral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palate with... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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    Toasted smoke aromas of dried earth and dried cranberries. This is fresher on the palate with red fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and red current and dark smoky earth that finishes the wine with a chewy tannic bite. Definitely a refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Skyfall Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

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    Decent enough for the price point with red berry fruits - cherry mainly - and a touch of blueberry. Earthy notes add to relatively mild tannins and good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Verrazzano Chianti Reserve 1999

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    imported from danceforme. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • Verrazzano Chianti Reserve 2001

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    imported from danceforme. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • Villa Antinori Toscana IGT 2013

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    Nice, lively wine. Bright red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Good acid tartness not unlike what I would anticipate in a Sangio-only wine from Tuscany. Medium bodiedagain, not unexpected. For $14 this is a perfectly acceptable everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2007

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    Another one from lunch at Torinos' @ Home. Wonderful! Loads of ripe fruit, balanced Tannins, with herbs, minerals, pepper, and tobacco. Smooth, silky, an velvety - just Lovely. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Massanera Chianti Classico 2010

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    fruity and sweet! nice! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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