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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 wine 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.

Sangiovese Tasting Notes

Sangiovese wine 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.

Sangiovese Food Pairings

Sangiovese wine 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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2015  Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2015
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2015
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
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  • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2016  Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2016
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    Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco 2017
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Isole e Olena Cepparello 2017
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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