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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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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Colonia Gran Selezione 2011  Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Colonia Gran Selezione 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2011 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino 2011  Front Label
    Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2011 Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Abate Riserva 2011 Front Label
    La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Abate Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2011 Front Label
    Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2011
    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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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale 2011 Front Label
    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011 Front Label
    Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2011 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2011 Front Label
    Leonetti Sangiovese 2011
    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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