Getting to know
Sangiovese (san – ja-vay-zay) is a medium-bodied red wine with adaptability to nearly any environment. Predominantly found in Italy, it is known for its savory flavors.
what to know about the sangiovese grape
Sangiovese wines offer a range of tastes from earthy and rustic to round, fruit-forward styles.
Regardless of where it’s grown, it consistently exhibits cherry flavors with subtle notes of tomato. The grape is found all over Italy with a myriad of tasting styles.
From the delicate floral strawberry aromas of Montefalco Rosso from Umbria to the concentrated tannic wines of Tuscany’s famed Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese is a true crowd pleaser.
Dominant flavors include red currant, bing cherry, strawberry, sun dried tomatoes, toasted tomatoes, raspberry, plum, mocha, clove, cinnamon, leather, and clay soil.
The disctinct styles of Sangiovese wine
Sangiovese wine offers a gorgeous balance of fruit and earth components. Many winemakers debate the better style, but each style offers its own distinct characteristics.
How to Enjoy Sangiovese Wine
Sangiovese Wine Pairing:
The best Sangiovese pairing ideas includes roasted and gamey meats, cured sausage, grilled pork, BBQ, herbal stuffed chicken, chicken parmesan, and hard cheeses.
Practical Tips for Drinking Sangiovese Wine:
Glassware: Standard red or tulip-shaped wine glass.
Shelf life: About 5 years, but top expressions from places like Brunello di Montalcino age for decades.
Bottle prices: Average cost is about $20, but top Chianti styles and Brunello di Montalcino can be very expensive.
When is the Right Mood for Sangiovese Wine?
SANGIOVESE WINE RECOMMENDATIONS
Looking for recommendations on Sangiovese wines? Here are a few we suggest you sip.
Carpe Travel collaborated with Maia Parish to compile the grape varietal overviews. Maia Parish is an award-winning events producer, sommelier, wine judge, and media consultant. She lives in Denver, Colorado and likes to eat copious amounts of food. You can find her here www.linktr.ee/thewinemistress.