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.
- Cabernet Sauvignon60
- Pinot Noir55
- Bordeaux Red Blends39
- Other Red Blends26
- Rhône Blends10
- Cabernet Franc4
- Petite Sirah2
- Nero d'Avola1
- Touriga Nacional1
Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2007Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2007Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2007Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Camigliano Gualto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Terra d'Oro Sangiovese 2007Sangiovese from Sierra Foothills, California