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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  • Villa S Andrea Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    A hint of medicine opens for this wine with a bit of chocolate and floral cherry aromas. This really shines on the palate where strident fruit notes of fresh cherry and strawberry are presented with a buoyant acidity that leads into a puckering tannic structure on the finish of moist earth and cocoa powder. Read More

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  • Piegaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Savory spiced plum and raspberry aromas with cherry compote and a touch of cooking herb. This is full and rich with cola and baking spice flavors, fresh cherry and cranberry fruit with an herbal and earthy note that adds an extra dimension towards the chocolatey finish. 90 pts Read More

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  • Istine Levigne Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Fresh berry and spice aromas with a zesty herbal note. Intriguing spice, mixed berry and toast flavors on the palate, with mineral earth coming through towards the mid palate with a bright cherry note coming through that finishes creamy and short. Read More

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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Clean, fresh black cherry and blackberry aromas with fresh cinnamon spice and vanilla creaminess on the nose. This is freshly spiced and zesty on the palate, with black currant and black cherry fruit, freshly juiced yet at the same time preserved, thick, rich and textured, with a zesty finish of bold spice that gives way to gripping tannins righ... Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    flavors of cranberry, cherry and strawberry with gripping tannins and a surprisingly easy to drink blend of refreshing acidity, generous fruit and smooth texture. Read More

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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

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    Thick smoke and toasted espresso notes on the nose. Mineral notes of smoked blackberry and black cherry fruit, tart acidity and creamy delicate chocolate and sweet coffee notes towards the finish with cinnamon baking spice. Approachable and easy drinking. Read More

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  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Blueberry and cherry preserves and plum paste on the nose with pleasant baking spice notes. Brightly fruited on the palate with black cherry, confectioner's sugar, molasses and blueberries, notes of chocolate and brown sugar, chunky tannins and a whiskey barrel oak finish. Read More

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  • Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Dusty fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry with a spicy earthiness to it. Smooth and fruit forward on the palate with more cherry and raspberry notes and a hint of medicine towards the finish, rough tannins and earth throughout. Read More

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  • Fattoria di Rignana Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    A bit of eucalyptus on the nose with soft molasses and floral aromas, dark berry and rich cherry aromas. This is spicy and fresh, with ripe berry notes on the palate and a well integrated fruit, spice, earth blend that's equally represented, approachable and pleasant. Dark chocolate cranberries and dried herbs round off the finish. 90 pts Read More

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  • Nittardi Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Tart and focused cranberry and raspberry aromas with a bit of tomato leaf and rich mineral earth on the nose. Bright and bold palate of tart cherry and cranberry fruit with dark chocolate, licorice root, sandy tannins and a chewy black olive texture towards the finish that's smoky and rich. Read More

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