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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  • Chianti

      Chianti is perhaps Italy’s most popular wine, and in recent years has come to evoke images...

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      Chianti Classico is the heart of the Chianti zone in the Tuscany region of Italy. It was a...

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Popular Wineries using Sangiovese

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    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

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    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

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    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

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    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

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    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

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    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

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Sangiovese on Snooth

  • 2012 Poggio Ventoso Tuscany, Italy toscano rosso 2012

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    not every day does one open a bottle and upon the first sip states, "WOW"! this is a great bottle and an excellent wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1995

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    No written review

    Wine review by CH2


  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Molise 2011

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    This 100% Sangiovese from the obscure province of Molise is a fine exemplar of good quality and reasonable price for every day drinking by all but the most destitute. Sweet cherry licorice whip on the nose with hints of blueberry are followed by a smooth entry of tree bark (oak, no doubt) and Kirsch-like cherry. Great value. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany 2011

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    Mille Gratis Table #52 and Mr. FOX at Barolo.- 3 very, very, different bottles ... Fox) was informed Re: 100% Sangiovese and her bizarre behavior. What an adventure. Thanks Mr. Fox. @ Baro Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Kunde Red Dirt Red 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by SpaceBoy


  • Crane Lake Sangiovese 2011

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    I like this wine because for the price it tastes well when I'm realizing that a good wine does not have to be expensive, although it may not win any awards, than again maybe it should. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2003

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    This wine exhibits the bright ruby color that is typical of Brunello. The nose is classic Brunello, with rich earthy aromas of leather, coffee, smoke and limestone overlaid with just a hint of dried flowers. The taste is just lovely, it brings be back to my last trip to Tuscany nearly 20 years ago, lovely black fruit notes right up front, plum... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% ... ... or also French? And any sangiovese besides Chianti?Hopefully one or our regulars who lives in Sonoma and qualifies as an industry insider will weigh in with some up-to-date recommendation Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel.  I bought a half bottle of Seghesio Sonoma '12.  I decantered it for 1 hour and ate it with spaghetti w/tomato-basil sauce.  The wine was dominated by the alcohol -- 14.8% -- and while I tasted black fruit and a very interesting roasted sage note on the mid-palate, the alcohol drive of the wine ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2012

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    Enjoy this wine now. A $10 USD must visit from Italy. Great Job Coltibuono Winery. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Does this wine contain any oak

    Comment by 1116307available 1116307 available


  • Does it contain any Oak - in an Oak barrel or stainless steel barrel?

    Comment by 1116307available 1116307 available


  • the best Sangiovese I ever drank was a 2006 Deerfield Ranch from Alpicella vineyard in Sonoma.

    Comment by 1048507SonomaD 1048507 SonomaD


  • I am partial to Italian wines. It must be a cultural thing, as my parents were immigrants. Last week, I was introduced to Il Poggio Sangiovese Rubicone 2008 at my Italian conversation group. It was love at first sip ... I bought a case. Life is too short ... drink fine wines which can be bought a good price. There are many treaures out there wa...

    Comment by 497150Paula Giangreco 497150 Paula Giangreco


  • What is a 100% Sangiovese wine? Preferably from 2006.

    Comment by 466368ssu 466368 ssu


  • The fact that there is nary a bottle of Canaletto, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to be bought anywhere, says it all. At around $10 a bottle, it probably deserves more than a 3 out of 5 rating but what do I know? I just like drinking it when I can get it.

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