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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  • Pope Valley Sangiovese 2006

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    Marashino cherry on the nose. Buttery, rich and very nice. Good balance, bit of a sugary sweet finish, but a very nice wine. There's a brooding undertone of fungal and acetone, which helps keeps this baby in check. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Fattoria di Petroio Chianti Classico 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by halfbottle


  • Fattoria di Petroio Chianti Classico 2005

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    A fruity nose of predominantly ripe plums and cherries with a hint of wet soil. A nice structure with a good balance of soft tannins, medium acidity and a moderate body, with a nice long finish. A pretty, medium bright, ruby red color. A great Chianti for the price of $13 to 14 a bottle. Should be drinkable through at least 2012 or 13. Read More

    Wine review by halfbottle


  • Pope Valley Sangiovese 2006

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    Modest and well balanced, strawberries and peppercorns hand in hand Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Pope Valley Sangiovese 2006

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    Hot and spicy nose with a slight wooly gaminess. Lush and complex with an extremely buttery mouthfeel balanced by a nice zing and abundance of fruit. Absolutely love this. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Cosentino Winery Sangiovese Napa Valley Il Chiaretto 2005

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    Big luscious fruity-bomb power, with silky butter on the tongue, and tannins that know when to quit. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    Tasty enough Chianti Classico. I'm more of a fan of the finish than the nose or the midpalate. Dried figs and a bit of spice on the nose but it's a little too sweet smelling for my tastes... Palate has slightly flabby tannins, but some nice tar and black fruit flavors. Gotta say I'm torn, but in the end it's definitely drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8


  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

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    Fungal nose of acetone and esters. Cherry, leather and chemicals. Strong drying tannins with a very woodsy finish. This is not a fruit lovers wine - its dark and chemically and oily. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico 2004

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    Fungal nose of acetone and esters. Cherry, leather and chemicals. Strong drying tannins with a very woodsy finish. This is not a fruit lovers wine - its dark and chemically and oily. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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