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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

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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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian Di Conte Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian Di Conte Riserva 1997
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    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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  • Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
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  • Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
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  • Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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  • Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 1997 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 1997
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 1997
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
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  • Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L Magnum) 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997
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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997 Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 1997 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 1997
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    Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
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  • Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
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    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
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