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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  • Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano 2006

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    Intense moss, oily herb and stone notes at first with a lovely blackberry fruit compote and spice tone that is a touch saline. A touch simple but nicely aromatic. Astringent and feeling a touch extracted in the mouth with good, intense bitter cherry fruit but the tannins are a bit out of balance, they are polished but prominent and give the wine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Perrucci Sangiovese Santa Cruz Mountains 2006

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    Gentle aromas of wet sand, roasted herbs, sweet vanilla(-) ham(-) and strawberry jam filter up from the glass. There is also a minor note of brett adding a bit of sweat here. Cool and crisp up front with good acids and slightly aggressive yet not drying tannins support moderate notes of rosehips, sweet wild cherry, and floral flavors with a spe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sangiovese di Romagna Poderi Dal Nespoli 2006

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    Very nice, earthy, floral, forest floor, complex and typical sangio scents, ... ... and lean expression of Sangiovese. Cleansing cherry pit finish is moderately long with a distinctly earthy, leathery, herbaceous edge then turning more spiced on the finale. Classic with a touch of tarry anise. A touch simple but so varietal! 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castel'In Villa Chianti Classico 2003

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    Tight on the nose with a touch of caramel and roasted red fruits, menthol and limestone, smoke. A touch of VA adds lift and the aromatics drift off towards dried herb and woodland scents. Elegant and balanced in the mouth with integrated acidity and finely polished tannins, a bit drying on the midpalate, actually quite so with a mineral, smoky f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Volpaia Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico 2006

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    A touch meaty and first then turning very floral with a touch of wood spice, quite spicy fruit, black cherry, sweet almost red-hot cinnamon (-), very floral. Medium light on entry with nice acids and soft tannins. There is good depth of flavor with twisty herbal and mineral veins that offset the sour cherry/ red currant fruits. A classic auste... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Volpaia Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico 2006

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    A bit estery but quite intense and fruity with wild strawberry tones on the nose with hints of leather and forest floor. With air and adds a nice mineral/rain water note and a hint of flowers. Very light fresh and pure with marginal tannins and juicy acids that are a bit hard on their own. Finishes with a touch of herb and sand. Correct and simp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Villa Puccini Chianti Superior 2006

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    Wine review by Dumas


  • Mezzadro Terre di Chieti IGT 2006

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    I got this at a very reduced price and really enjoyed it. Would love to find some more near that price. Read More

    Wine review by gman17


  • Ferrari Carano Siena Sonoma 2001

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    Wine review by FormIsEmpty


  • Tignanello Igt. Antinori 2004

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    Wine review by monot


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