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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

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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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
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    Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004
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    La Spinetta Sassontino 2004
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Montesodi Chianti Rufina 2004 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Montesodi Chianti Rufina 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Palladio Chianti 2004 Front Label
    Palladio Chianti 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004
    Sangiovese from Italy
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  • Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004 Front Label
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  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2004
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  • Livernano Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Livernano Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 2004
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    Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2004
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  • Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004 Front Label
    Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
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    Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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