Sangiovese

Sangiovese is a red grape native to Tuscany. It is extremely popular in Italy, where it is the base grape for Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano and others. Sangiovese-based wines are usually lightly colored with high acid, light body and moderate to high tannins. The dominating characteristics are commonly red cherry, violets and tea. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Sangiovese among our extensive Sangiovese wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Sangiovese reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Sangiovese, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Avignonesi 1995 Occhio di Pernice Prugnolo Gentile (Vin Santo di Montepulciano)

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Thick as molasses and dark as caramelized brown sugar, the wine oozes out of the bottle releasing concentrated aromas of butterscotch, toffee, honey, licorice, coffee, resin and maple syrup. Grapes from the Montepulciano area are dried in a ventilated room and the wine ages over 10 years in tiny oak barrels resulting in thick, dark concentration. Don’t pair it with…  — M.L.  (3/1/2008)
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Casanova di Neri 2007 Cerretalto Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $270
It takes only a few moments before you appreciate the enormity, intensity and overall beauty of this landmark wine. Cerretalto is always a high scoring expression of Brunello, but the ideal conditions of the 2007 vintage elevate it to earthly perfection. Dark and fleshy, the wine delivers ever-evolving aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, spice and tobacco. The acidity…  — M.L.  (5/1/2013)
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Avignonesi 1997 Occhio di Pernice Prugnolo Gentile (Vin Santo di Montepulciano)

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This sweet wine from Italy is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Its thickness and density resembles concentrated maple syrup or molasses. It is made with Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) grapes that are air-dried and then aged in small wood containers for many careful years. The gorgeous aromas include roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, prunes and sweet figs and you can…  — M.L.  (7/1/2010)
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Capanna 2007 Riserva Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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An amazing and impressive feat of winemaking, this riserva is so tightly wound with gorgeous aromatic intensity, it peels back, layer after layer, and evolves smoothly the more you leave it in the glass. Not drinking it immediately is difficult because of the delicious quality of fruit on display here and the lush, soft mouthfeel, but this should be at its best…  — M.L.  (5/1/2013)
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Valdicava 2007 Madonna del Piano Riserva Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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Here’s an unforgettable wine that absolutely makes the case for 2007 being one of the best vintages of late in Montalcino. The wine is broad and polished with masculine tones of dark fruit, leather and tobacco. These aromas evolve so quickly and with such pulsing intensity, the wine comes alive suddenly. There are dusty mineral shadings at the back with tightly…  — M.L.  (5/1/2013)
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Casanova di Neri 2006 Cerretalto Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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Cerretalto delivers aromas of natural complexity and oak-driven tones of cinnamon, clove, chocolate and exotic spice. The fruit is dark, dense and ripe. There’s extra roundness and density in the mouth that holds together the wine’s firm tannins and its crisp, acidic component. Hold 10–20 more years.  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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Valdicava 2006 Madonna del Piano Riserva Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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This beautiful riserva shows enormous thickness and blackness, like midnight of a new moon. The wine delivers impenetrable density, extraction, black fruit, spice, berry preserves, licorice, asphalt, ground black pepper, cherry liqueur and crème de cassis. There are seemingly no limits to the intensity and complexity here. The mouthfeel is dense, plush, firmly…  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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Luce della Vite 2007 Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $93
Luce della Vite opens with an opulent, generous style and is packed with black cherry, black currant, cola, leather and pipe tobacco. This is a plush, rich and deeply textured wine, with plenty of intensity and staying power. It shows dense tannins with a touch of youthful astringency. Age 10 more years.  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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