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The perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is among Italy's elite red grape varieties and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino wines.

Elsewhere throughout Italy, Sangiovese plays an important role in many easy-drinking, value-driven red blends and on the French island of Corsica, under the name, Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed success growing in California and Washington.

Tasting Notes for Sangiovese

Sangiovese is a dry, red wine with a medium body and qualities of tart cherry, plum, sun dried tomato, fresh tobacco and herbs. High-quality, well-aged examples can take on tertiary notes of smoke, leather, game, potpourri and dried fruit. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Food Pairings for Sangiovese

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and fine-grained tannins create a perfect symbiosis with tomato-based dishes, braised vegetables, roasted and cured meat, hard cheese and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secrets for Sangiovese

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may actually contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines as a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2014 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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    Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2015
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    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Molino di Grace Solosangiovese Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Solosangiovese Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2014
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    Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2017 Front Label
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    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
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  • Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018
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    Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2014
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    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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