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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  • On Wednesday, March 5, Gambero Rosso landed in San Francisco with one or two ... annual release of the famed Sangiovese Grosso from Montalcino. Giampiero stated bluntly that the 2003 vintage of Brunello was a disappointment. I am adding to his statement saying that the 2003 vintage in (all of) Italy was a disappointment. Giampiero had the goo... Read More

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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001

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    Amazing density of color. Liquid liqurice. Very dramatic on the nose and depth on the mid-palate but finishes short with noticeable tannins and slight acidity. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Il Valore Chianti Riserva 2003

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    Wine review by jephelan


  • Banfi Chianti Classico Rsva 2003

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  • Da Vinci Chianti 2005

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  • Coyote Canyon Sangiovese Russian River Valley 2001

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  • Castello Banfi Summus Super Tuscan 2004

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  • Il Valore Chianti Riserva 2003

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    Great wine for the price. We always keep a supply on hand. Purchased at Trader Joe's. Read More

    Wine review by joecrow


  • Luce Della Vite Luce 2000

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    Moins charmeur que le1998, le deuxième vin de Luce est toutefois fort agréable. Les 12 mois de barriques marquent le nez avec ses arômes de vanille et de bois brûlé. En bouche, il rappelle les baies sauvages et la feuille de tabac. Une bonne matière et des tanins bien construits. Un peu asséchant, mais ceci devrait se stabiliser avec une autre a... Read More

    Wine review by Melchizedek109


  • Franzia Chianti NV

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    This wine tastes really good. Tastes old. However when put it up against other wines the plastic in the box stands out. Read More

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