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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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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2018
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    • Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2018  Front Label
      Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2018
      Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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      Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino 2018
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2018  Front Label
      Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2018
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tiamo Chianti 2018  Front Label
        Tiamo Chianti 2018
        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
            Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2018
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2018  Front Label
            Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2018
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            • Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
              Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino 2018
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            • Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
              Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino 2018
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            • La Lastra Chianti Colli Senesi 2018  Front Label
              La Lastra Chianti Colli Senesi 2018
              Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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