The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness ...
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.
In the Glass
Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with 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 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.
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.
- Cabernet Sauvignon536
- Bordeaux Red Blends252
- Pinot Noir248
- Other Red Blends184
- Rhône Blends40
- Tuscan Blends20
- Cabernet Franc19
- Other Red Wine15
- Petite Sirah10
- Pinot Meunier2
- Nero d'Avola1
Ruffino Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 1997Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian Di Conte Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Montevina Sangiovese 1997Sangiovese from North Coast, California
Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Gallo of Sonoma Sangiovese 1997Sangiovese from Sonoma County, California
Danzante Sangiovese 1997Sangiovese from Italy
Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Frescobaldi Remole Chianti 1997Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Louis Martini Sangiovese 1997Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Cambiaso Sangiovese 1997Sangiovese from California
Fossi Vino Nobilo de Montepulciano Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Fattorie Melini Chianti Borgha dElsa 1997Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Frescobaldi Remole Chianti (1.5 L) 1997Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Capezzana Montalbano Chianti D.O.C.G. 1997Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fattorie Melini Chianti Classico Isassi 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy