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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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  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1999 Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1999
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 1999 Front Label
    Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 1999
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 1999 Front Label
    Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Straccali Chianti 1999 Front Label
      Straccali Chianti 1999
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
        Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Poderina Brunello 1999 Front Label
        La Poderina Brunello 1999
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
        Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 1999
        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Rabbit Ridge Barrel Cuvee Sangiovese 1999 Front Label
        Rabbit Ridge Barrel Cuvee Sangiovese 1999
        Sangiovese from California
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        • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
            Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Tamas Estates Sangiovese 1999 Front Label
            Tamas Estates Sangiovese 1999
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            • Castello di Monastero Sangiovese 1999
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              • DeLoach Los Amigos Ranch Sangiovese 1999 Front Label
                DeLoach Los Amigos Ranch Sangiovese 1999
                Sangiovese from Sonoma County, California
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                • Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 1999
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1999 Front Label
                  Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1999 Front Label
                  Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1999 Front Label
                    La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1999
                    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Gallo of Sonoma Sangiovese 1999
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                    • Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
                      Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 1999
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                    • Atlas Peak Reserve Sangiovese 1999
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                      • Banfi Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999 Front Label
                        Banfi Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Badia a Coltibuono Roberto Stucchi Chianti Classico 1999
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                        • La Famiglia Sangiovese 1999 Front Label
                          La Famiglia Sangiovese 1999
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