Learn about Sangiovese — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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 2018Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2018Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2018Sangiovese from Italy
Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2018Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino 2018Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2018Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tiamo Chianti 2018Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Avivo Sangiovese 2018Sangiovese from Lodi, California
Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2018Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2018Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino 2018Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino 2018Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
La Lastra Chianti Colli Senesi 2018Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy