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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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.o.c.g. Rot Trocken Toscana 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Angelo Gaja Promis 2004

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    Pulled this out in a hurry for family Christmas dinner as I had tucked it away almost 10 years ago. Wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Adrenalize13


  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Cetamura 2013

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Della Robbia Rosso Semi-Sweet

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    No written review

    Wine review by Geiler


  • Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2008

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    This is a great table wine for the price. The palate is not complicated and tastes of cherry and strawberry. Additionally, the label is pretty rad. Read our full review here: http://goo.gl/TezxHL Read More

    Wine review by twoforksandacorkscrew


  • Melini Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2010

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    Deceptive nomenclature - because it is Melini behind the fancy name - so has some pedigree (established 1705) in the Classic region of Tuscany. The nose is cheerfully cherry (if I may be permitted this alliterative) with some Mediterranean earth and herb; decant, and you will enjoy the bitter chocolate, cherry and youthful finesse of this wine.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Duncan, I remember your report on the Morroccan wine.  I remember ... to ... to admit, though, that the Sangiovese I had the other night was less than not very good.   :-(Tonight's: OK, this makes up for the Sangio.  Elegant light red on entry met by cancelling tannin and acid mid-palate.  An easy to drink wine without solid food, but it will ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The Ojai Vineyard White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese 2012

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    Very attractive red color in the glass. Not the biggest nose in the ... tart. ... tart. I love the acidity of Sangiovese-based Chianti, but this is way, way over the top. There are some red-fruit flavors herecherry, raspberrybut they are also very light. Its similar to drinking unsweetened lemonade. A bit disappointing from one of my favo... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Principe Strozzi Morellino di Scansano 2011

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    Wine review by drtfb


  • Azienda Agricola Il Tarocco Chianti Classico 2011

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    Good Chianti, available at Trader Joe's. Full bodied, smooth, lots of red fruits, light tannins and pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Does this wine contain any oak

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

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

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  • 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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  • Check the blog for tasting reports on 24 Sangiovese.

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