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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  • Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2001

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    Wine review by jja347


  • Lungarotti Supertuscan Blend Umbria IGT San Giorgio 2000

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    Wine review by jja347


  • Fantini 2004

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    This Sangiovese is fruity, with moderate to high natural acidity and a medium-body firm, elegant and delightful! Excellent paired with chicken and risotto.Reg. 12.99, Wine Styles Read More

    Wine review by tphilli


  • JanKris Estate Riatta 2004

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    It's not a special wine, but it's good. Nice, food-friendly sangiovese but with the extra body and spice from the zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by brianpm


  • Azienda Agricola Montevertine Sangiovese Blend Toscana IGT Pian del Ciampolo 1995

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    Sweet cherry and spice earth meld on the nose offering up a classic Tuscan ... ... friendly and really classic Sangiovese 91pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Agostina Pieri Brunello 2003

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    Wine review by kcovo


  • Brunello di Montalcino le Potazine Gorelli 2001

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    Wine review by bemoe


  • Castellani Biagio Toscana IGT 2003

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    To me, this wine has a tart berry flavor with a very dry finish. It lacks the rich "darker" flavors that I prefer. Purchased for $21, I think it goes real well with a nice Italian red sauce type of dinner. I don't think it's a great wine to have if you're just looking for an evening drink on it's own. Read More

    Wine review by gregonweb


  • Fattoria di Felsina Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 1993

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    This opens with a huge bay leaf and vanilla bubblegum tone, the oak here is still obvious with very little fruit in evidence though there are nice tones of earth, tobacco, and prosciutto fat adding some complexity. The texture is creamy and velvetty with lowish acidity and finely polished tannins. The core or bitter black cherry fruit remains wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Agricola la Torre Brunello di Montalcino 2001

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    Second time trying this gorgeous 2001 Brunello. A very traditional rendition of Brunello that shows a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, wild berries and earth. It was like taking a deep breath in a spring garden. Wonderfully balanced and a great compliment to the Osso Bucco that accompanied it. Its lively acidity carried flavors of sour fr... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


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