Sangiovese

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Offspring of Ciliegiolo & “Calabrese Montenuovo” (A nearly extinct grape variety)
Aliases: Brunello, Sangiovese Grosso
Grape Color: Purple
Regions: Primarily Tuscany; also Romagna, Lazio, Campania, Sicily


Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central Italy, with the capability to produce styles ranging from red wines to still wines, sparkling wines to dessert wines, It’s the grape every grape wants to be, with at least 14 Sangiovese clones existing today.

Sangiovese is excellent as a blend, but when used as a sole varietal, it is hard and acidic. Winemakers tend to blend this varietal with Bordeaux grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and even white wine grapes, sometimes Trebbiano and Malvasia. Sangiovese’ role in Tuscany’s famous Chianti wines is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon’s key presence in Bourdeaux wines -- A typical Read more »

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  • DV - you're on! Next time I see you, we're having some with and some ... ... added some white to Sangiovese in Tuscany and to various wines in Spain. It was always explained by the stabilization of the color, but who really knows why they did it in the first place. In the old days, they didn't need to add acidity because they picked pretty ea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Adding cab sav and/or sangiovese to Amarone is BULLSHIT!I swear Viognier makes a Syrah somewhat lubricious and if it's more than 3%, I can detect it.  I'll put money on it!  Read More

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  • Cabernet - Structure and bodySangiovese - Red berry + red fruit florals + Italian dustiness I've enjoyed reading all this as it happens...while I'm drinking the '15 Chianti's I have. Read More

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  • Zuf not only am I not upset at strong views, I enjoy the banter, hell think of ... why they would Cabernet and Sangiovese to Amarone? &nbs Read More

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  • La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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    Very tart red fruit--cherry. plum. Did I mention, tart? A tannin hit that surprises me, a bit--more that I have previously observed in Tuscan wines. I am also getting a "cinnamon" sensation. I, occasionally, get this cinnamon thing with CA Pinot Noirs, but this is the first time that I can recall getting it with anything else. The acid make... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Poggio Antico Madre Toscana IGT Italy 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Zuf I quote” Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, this wine has an ... ... wine,I.e. Cabernet and Sangiovese to Amarone as a friend I am only “I am only testing your commitment to certain ideas&rdqu Read More

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  • Zuf I think you enjoy being a contrarian, I agree that I cannot taste or pick ... additions I.e. Cabernet and Sangiovese in Amarone and I know there not going to tell me. I do know I would never buy it, I am stuck with habits, not interested in changing just for the hell of it. I also want viognier in my Côte Rotie whether I can taste it or no... Read More

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  • JD, a word of advice, if you love it (like I do), don't put off ... ... nebbiolo but lighter than sangiovese.  On the nose is a bit of old world earthy funk with black cherry a bit of shoe polish and something a bit floral.  In the mouth this is somewhat dry and rustic, ripe macerated black cherries and black plum, a hint of licorice, fine gra... Read More

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  • Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano Red Blend Tuscany 2016

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    Dry, fungal and earthy aromas with plum and cranberry fruit with some red currant and mineral salinity. Tart and refreshing with drying tannins and expressive fruit, raspberry and red currant notes, light cherry and a touch of spice, this is clean and light - a good complement to food with good minerality and acidity without overpowering. Very l... Read More

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