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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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  • San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 1997  Front Label
    San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 1997
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Atlas Peak Sangiovese 1997
    Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1997 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP90
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  • Felsina Fontalloro 1997 Front Label
    Felsina Fontalloro 1997
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997 Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS92
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
      Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 1997
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • RP91
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      • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico 1997
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
          Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1997  Front Label
          Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
            Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • RP92
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          • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997 Front Label
            Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Castello di Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 1997 Front Label
            Castello di Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Bodega Norton Sangiovese 1997 Front Label
              Bodega Norton Sangiovese 1997
              Sangiovese from Argentina
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              • Fattorie Melini Chianti Classico Riserva Massovecchio 1997
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1997
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 1997 Front Label
                Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1997
                Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico (1.5L) 1997
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                    Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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