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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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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Monna Lisa Gran Selezione 2011 Front Label
    Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Monna Lisa Gran Selezione 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011 Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2011 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2011 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Felsina Chianti Classico Colonia Gran Selezione 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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