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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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    • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
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          Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
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          • Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994 Front Label
            Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994
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            • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
              Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
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              • Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 1994 Front Label
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                • Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                  Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
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                • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1994 Front Bottle Shot
                  Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1994
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                • Antinori Badia Riserva (1.5L) 1994
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                      • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1994 Front Label
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                        • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1994  Front Label
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