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.
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Tiziano Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Frey Sangiovese 2002Sangiovese from California
Tollo Sangiovese Villa Diana 2002Sangiovese from Italy
Toscolo Chianti DOCG 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Annalisa Chianti Barriques 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2002Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Frescobaldi Remole Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Querceto DOCG Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Gabbiano Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Straccali Chianti Straw Flask 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Volpaia Borgianni Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Flora Springs Sangiovese 2002Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
Pepi Sangiovese 2002Sangiovese from California