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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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    • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1996 Front Label
      Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1996
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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      • La Famiglia Sangiovese 1996 Front Label
        La Famiglia Sangiovese 1996
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        • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1996
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Capezzana Montalbano Chianti D.O.C.G. 1996 Front Label
            Capezzana Montalbano Chianti D.O.C.G. 1996
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            • Sterling Sangiovese Collections 1996 Front Label
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              • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                • Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1996
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                  • Mastrojanni Brunello de Montalcino 1996
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                    Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Frescobaldi Sangiovese Di Toscana 1996
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                      • Cecchi Sangiovese di Toscana (1.5L) 1996
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                        • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Sangiovese 1996 Front Label
                          Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Sangiovese 1996
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                          • Terra d'Oro Sangiovese 1996 Front Label
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                            • Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 1996 Front Label
                              Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 1996
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                              • Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                                Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                                • Castello di Albola Acciaiolo 1996 Front Label
                                  Castello di Albola Acciaiolo 1996
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                                  • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 1996 Front Label
                                    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
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                                      • Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1996 Front Label
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                                        • Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a Destra 1996 Front Label
                                          Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a Destra 1996
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