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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
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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Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2004Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 2004Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Bootleg Chianti 2004Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2004Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 2004Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Gabbiano Chianti 2004Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2004Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Sangiovese di Toscana 2004Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Castello di Querceto DOCG Chianti 2004Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2004Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Flora Springs Sangiovese 2004Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California