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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  • Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano Red Blend Tuscany 2016

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • While looking at some Amarones ran across Brigaldara,which is being touted by ... corvina 20% Rondinella 5% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet. I know Amarone is a blend but have never seen one with Sangiovese or Cabernet. I have seen Ripasso with Merlot&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Jack - the idea of blends in Chianti isn't the only thing that makes them ... ... can definitely be 100% Sangiovese.One other key to look for is whether it's a "name" wine, as it's the branding of the wine rather than the region that matters.So something like Tignanello, which is actually about 80% Sangiovese and in the US could be sold as a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Bonacchi Chianti Reserva

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    vintage 2014: what a smooth, electric and exciting Chianti, a wine that just pleases through out the bottle, get out of my way as I wade in for more bottles ,) Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Hasn’t Chianti always been blended with other wines canaiolo and ... a ... a few that say they are 100% Sangiovese I think Felsina and Monsanto,not sure. It hasn’t been too many years 2005-07 when they had the Brunello scandal for adding other wines. Lately I have been looking for Montalcino Rosso, can get them for about same price as a good C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Ha Jack, to your point about blending (a small percentage) of native grapes together with Sangiovese in Chianti, absolutely agree with that and good of you to bring up. I was speaking to the fairly recent trend of blending international varieties, with merlot being the most common. I believe in California the composition stil only needs to be 75... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Read up on Lindeman's thread, and thought this would be a good topic to ... to ... made in finding the Sangiovese to blend and other parts that are better as 100% Sangiovese.Here's a quick summary of what a Super Tuscan is, taken from Wine Enthusiast magazine: "Some people define super Tuscan as a Tuscan blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon or ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • There've been some stream of consciousness posts here in the past.  I ... ... by La Stella including a sangiovese blend (yes, BC grows some sangiovese) and a couple big bruiser merlots....OH!  I even drank and enjoyed several whites and a rose of sangiovese.  I took no photos, but at the dinner, beside me sat a couple from Syracuse NY and they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • You're right... they have come a long way from the day when Count Ricasoli ... standard Chianti blend (70% Sangiovese, and around 30% Malvasia… later replaced by Trebbiano in many cases after WW II).  Personally, some Cabernet and Merlot are welcome in Tuscan wines.I have tasted Cabs and Merlot from North Italy that are very good - also some f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • You know the wines of Tuscany, sure – but it’s such a blanket term. ... ... is synonymous with the Sangiovese grape, Maremma is different. Here, we see the region’s potential for a variety of grapes – including those hailing from France, used to make both blends and varietal wines. In fact, less than half of Maremma’s 8,550 hectares are used t... Read More

    From the article One of Tuscany's Best Kept Secrets


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