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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  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1990

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    Wine review by Eric Guido


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  • Felsina Vin Santo 1990

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    Effusive aromas of vanilla, toffee, coffee crema soar from the glass with deep tones of dried apricot, smoky caramel and butterscotch and a lurking edge of bitter orange peel flambe. In the mouth this retains impressive power yet has fine balance with a thick yet neither cloying or overly sweet character that has lovely depth to it's slightly bi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Nando Chianti Classico Riserva del Capo 2004

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    Very deep and complex on the nose with a rush of toffee and vanilla over spicy apricot and roasted berry fruit. Still very youthful and ominated by butterscotch and smoky caramel oak notes. A big, powerful style of Chianti that is sweetly fruited with fine acids but remains a bit clumsy on the back end.A popular style in an easy drinking paradig... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2003

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    This has a big, roasted black raspberry torte of a nose with all the light toast, baked spices and apricot glaze notes. With air this gains a touch of tarriness to the fruit and a balsamic top note. Big and powerful in the mouth, the tannins have a slight unripe edge to them that contributes a touch of underlying bitterness to the dark, coffee t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Agricola la Torre Brunello di Montalcino 2001

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    Classically leathery on the nose with just a background note of band-aid this is aromatically rich and powerful with a dense core of dark and smoky fruit. Big and bright on the attack with superb ripe tannins and great spicy, black currant, black berry fruit. Still a touch short on the finish as a brisk limestone earthiness clamps down. Lovely t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1990

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    With just an initial whiff of brett to lose this opens with a richly fruited nose tinged with sour and meaty notes. Deep and a touch sharply spicy this offers up nuanced notes of charcoal and clay as well as ashy and stony tones that frame the sweet black raspberry fruit so well. A touch of cigar wrapper adds to the mix with air. The palate fulf... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • San Giusto Rentennano a Chianti Classico Riserva 1990

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    This opens with very soft and subtle aromatics that recall old goatskin, dusty gravel and fading spices. With air there appears a slight confiture of green grapes that gains sweetness and reddens into a classic dark red cherry note. Big and rich in the mouth with vibrant acids contrasting the fine plush tannins that give this wine an added bit o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto 1990

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    This open slowly revealing a strong mineral tone on opening that recalls smoky gun flint. Adding layered earthy notes with air then dried floral tones, tobacco and cranberry. In the mouth this is soft with wonderful integration tot he almost fully resolved structure. Wiry and austere the acidity keeps this mouth watering and the background notes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1990

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    Wine review by SteveC123


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