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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  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano 2013

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    Notes of bright cherry with layers of chocolate, spice, and leather. Very nice for the price (under 15$). Drink with a chicken parm or a vegetable tomato stew. Read More

    Wine review by Cassandra Rosen


  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    Dark translucent purple in the glass. Spicy, woody nose. Smooth, but assertive entry to the palate. Not a lot of fruit, this is a real wine, not a cherry syrup flavored drink. Hint of, get this, cinnamon. Fairly light acids, No tannin bite at all on the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013

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    A fairly good entry level Sangiovese blend Chianti. Bring it to your next pizza night with friends.Bright cherry, fruit forward, low tannins, with a bit of leather and spice on the end. Read More

    Wine review by Cassandra Rosen


  • Dude, I went to Holdredge expecting that you would be pouring!  Plus the ... and one Kelverson (decent Sangiovese, but I expect to have better tomorrow).  Our friends had already made hotel and dinner reservations, so we just kind of fell in.  Coincidentally, we got the Sbragia Family Vineyards room at the Dry Creek Inn.  We love Ed Sbragia's ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • The first time I had Ethiopian food was back in high school twenty years ago, ... ... RossoTuscany, Italy60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon$10, 12.5% abv. While chilled this drinks like a Merlot, but once it comes up to temperature the Sangiovese really shines through. There's not a lot on the nose, but a slurping sip reveals ... Read More

    From the article Unlikely Wine Pairings: Ethiopian Food


  • Tonight it was a 2013 Stolpman Carbonic Sangiovese in a nuveau style and very fruity with major strawberry notes and good acidity. The grapes came from Ballard Canyon. This is a fun, drink it now wine. The color is a striking opaque red where the light bounces around and through the wine in the glass. It is a darker version of a Rose.  It has a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • A T F - That Carbonic Sangiovese sounds very interesting, perhaps something to serve at the start of a wine dinner.  I don't see a Carbonic Sangiovese available at Total Wine however.  That kitty looks pretty happy there on your lap.  There must be a connection between cats and men named Al.  This is my 'cat Tuesday' where I spend most of the da... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Well, fortunately Sangiovese doesn't give me any grief!  I agree with Al, though about mixing.  If I have a Caesar (like a Bloody Mary to Americans), then I stick with them.  I can have one and then go with wine thereafter, but I typically don't mix.  Also, when I've had a cornucopia of various wine it tends to backfire on me.  Whereabouts are y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic An Exposé: The Wine Headache


  • If you like Italian style wines give Scott Cellars. Winemaker Peter Frasier is specializing in Sangiovese and it is exceptional. I also like Mosby for an Italian style wine. Standing Sun is a relative newcomer in Buellton and winemaker John Wright is making some fun wines. His winery converts to a concert venue on weekends and the concerts are v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


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