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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 wine 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.

Sangiovese Tasting Notes

Sangiovese wine 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.

Sangiovese Food Pairings

Sangiovese wine 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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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castello di Meleto Rosso Toscano 2009
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  • Val di Suga Vigna del Lago Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Front Label
    Val di Suga Vigna del Lago Brunello di Montalcino 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Podernuovo a Palazzone Sotirio 2009
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico 2009 Front Label
    Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giacomo Mori Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Giacomo Mori Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2009
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    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poliziano Le Stanze del Poliziano 2009
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2009
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    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2009
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    Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Giacomo Mori Chianti 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Viticcio Chianti Classico 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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