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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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    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2011 Front Label
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
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    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2011
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2011
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  • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011 Front Label
    Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Jonata Tierra Sangiovese 2011 Front Label
    Jonata Tierra Sangiovese 2011
    Sangiovese from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2011 Front Label
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    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2011
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    Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2011
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Felsina Chianti Classico Colonia Gran Selezione 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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