Learn about Sangiovese — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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.
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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- Pinot Noir660
- Bordeaux Red Blends363
- Other Red Blends307
- Rhône Blends106
- Cabernet Franc35
- Petite Sirah33
- Other Red Wine29
- Tuscan Blends19
- Nero d'Avola10
- Petit Verdot4
- Touriga Nacional2
- Alicante Bouschet1
Cecchi Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tiziano Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Spargolo 2002Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tollo Sangiovese Villa Diana 2002Sangiovese from Italy
Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Danzante Sangiovese 2002Sangiovese from Italy
Gabbiano Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fattorie Melini Sangiovese 2002Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
La Carraia Sangiovese Dell Umbria 2002Sangiovese from Italy
Cantina di Montalcino Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fattorie Melini Chianti Borgha dElsa 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy