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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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La Sirena Juliana Vineyard Sangiovese 1998Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso dei Barbi 1998Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Banfi 1997 Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Sangiovese 1998Sangiovese from Central Coast, California
Castello di Albola Chianti Classico 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1998Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 1998Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 1998Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Masi Chianti 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Ruffino Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Gabbiano Chianti 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $12.99Try the 2017 Vintage 15 9912 9912 99Save $0.00 (0%)
Gallo of Sonoma Sangiovese 1998Sangiovese from Sonoma County, California
Fattorie Melini Chianti Classico Isassi (half-bottle) 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy