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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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    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006  Front Label
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  • Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006
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    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
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    Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
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  • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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