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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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Badia a Coltibuono Cancelli Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Fattorie Melini Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Tre Monti Thea Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Ecco Domani Chianti 2000Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Bolla Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2000Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Badia a Coltibuono Roberto Stucchi Chianti Classico 2000Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino 2000Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Atlas Peak Reserve Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
Da Vinci Brunello di Montalcino 2000Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Tollo Sangiovese Villa Diana 2000Sangiovese from Italy
Danzante Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Italy
Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2000Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy