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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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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2008 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008 Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2008 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Fontalloro 2008 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2008 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2008
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2008 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fattoi Ofelio & Figli Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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