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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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    Castellare Chianti Classico 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
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    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
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      Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2006
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        Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006
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        Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2006
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        Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2006
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        Querciabella Chianti Classico 2006
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2006
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