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 Riserva Ducale 2006

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    This is a good wine but I wouldn't call it awe-inspiring. We bought two bottles and found that each was very inconsistent with the others. The first time we had it was bold and dry, the next time (a few weeks later, not months or years) we tasted vanilla undertones. I think the next time I want a Chianti, I'll look elsewhere. Read More

    Wine review by blondestranger


  • Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio Rosso San Felice 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sovereign89


  • Loggia del Conte Chianti 2007

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    If you like Chianti wines but want a cheap price-- this is your bet. This is a well balanced wine that will not disappoint. It is light on the palate and the flavor will instantaneously bring your mind to a quaint little Italian restaurant. For the price, this wine is sure to please. Read More

    Wine review by tulaw


  • I Giusti & Zanza Belcore Toscana IGT 2000

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    A delicious wine, smooth and fruity on the attack with a mellow midpalate full of ripe blackberries, chocolate, and leather. There's a bit of licorice, more leather, slight well balanced tannins and a creamy acidity on the finish. Color me impressed. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • I Giusti & Zanza Belcore Toscana IGT 2000

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    Wooly, leathery nose. A little fungal for me, but a good representation of its kind - its astringent with acetone notes. Very well aged and balanced. Gentle tannins, good acidity and some earthiness. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • I Giusti & Zanza Belcore Toscana IGT 2000

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    A fun, lively wine, full of robust flavor, very mulchy, the attack is gentle and soft, and a little acidic pre-release, it stays warm and pleasing on the palate for a minute. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • I Giusti & Zanza Belcore Toscana IGT 2000

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    Gamey and wooley on the nose with a sublimely delicate warm aged black cherry mouthfeel. A nice dry lingering finish. This wine kicks ass. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Tignanello Igt. Antinori 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by spikearl


  • I Giusti & Zanza Belcore Toscana IGT 2000

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    Starting off a bit tight this has nice notes of leather,forest floor, and animal fur accenting the dried plum and cherry fruit. There is still a touch of obvious oak floating on top but it's in balance. Still a pretty big wine with some stiff tannins supporting blowsy, ripe fruit that has a fine aged edge with it's gentle tones of tobacco and d... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Miner Family Sangiovese Gibson Ranch 2005

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    Pleasantly surprised by this wine. Nice aromas of cinnamon and raspberry. Soft wine with good tannin and a medium finish. I can definitely see this wine pairing with a lot of wine. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


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