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 Sangiovese (Nielluccio) Wine

Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica), a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany, and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. Italy’s love affair with Sangiovese – and indeed the world’s – is generations old, though recent grapevine research suggests the variety is not as ancient as once thought.

At the dawn of the 21st Century, Sangiovese equated to roughly one in every 10 vines on the Italian peninsula. The quality of the Sangiovese wine can be notoriously variable, though in the 1980s, drastically improved winemaking techniques saw a significant shift toward more quality-oriented releases. Sangiovese has numerous clones and is consequently known by many synonyms in its native Italy.

Sangiovese (Nielluccio)
Sangiovese Grapes

Good-quality Sangiovese is prized for its high acid, firm tannins and balanced nature. Savory flavors of dark cherries and black stone fruit are characteristic, and may be backed by secondary notes of tomato leaf and dried herbs. The use of oak has become more popular and this coaxes richer flavors from the grapes, tending toward plum and wild raspberry.

In Tuscany, Sangiovese is the sole grape variety permitted in the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and provides the backbone to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the popular wines of Chianti.

One of Sangiovese’s more-modern incarnations is in the so-called ‘Super Tuscans’. These wines allow winemakers more freedom to blend indigenous Italian grapes (principally Sangiovese) with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah.

Outside Tuscany, Sangiovese is widely planted in Lazio, Umbria, Marche and of course Corsica. In Corsica, the variety is known as Nielluccio and has a distinctive maquis characteristic, which distinguishes it somewhat from other Sangiovese. (Maquis is the shrubland that covers the island and includes shrubs such as sage, juniper, heath trees, oak and myrtle). Worldwide, it has traveled to California and Australia, where its high acidity is an asset in the hot climate.

All clones of Sangiovese are relatively slow ripening, which results in an extended growing season and richer, stronger and longer-lived wines than those made from early-ripening varieties. When the vines are encouraged to produce higher yields, the wine's naturally high acidity is accentuated and its characteristic color noticeably diluted. Further difficulties are experienced because of the grape's thin skin, which makes it susceptible to rot in damp conditions.

Synonyms include: Nielluccio, Sangioveto, Sangiovese Grosso, Sangiovese Piccolo, Brunello, Prugnolo Gentile, Morellino.

Popular blends include: Chianti Blend, Cabernet – Sangiovese, Cabernet – Merlot  – Sangiovese, Merlot – Sangiovese.

Food matches include:
Europe: Pappardelle pasta with a rabbit and porcini mushroom ragù; arrosto di vitello ripieno di spinaci (spinach-stuffed roasted veal)
Asia: Chinese lacquered goose; bebek betutu (Balinese smoked duck)
Americas: Crumbed beef Milanesa; rocoto relleno (Peruvian stuffed peppers)
Africa/Middle East: Sawda dajaj (fried chicken livers); fouter moukala (Lebanese fried mushrooms with garlic)


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We found 3,050 matches for Sangiovese (Nielluccio), only the first 500 will be shown.
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Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT, Tuscany, Italy Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT $102 132
Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $151 144
Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $55 184
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT $109 188
Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $502 195
Ruffino Riserva Ducale, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Italy Chianti Classico $23 213
Ruffino Chianti DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Chianti $8 254
Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $82 263
Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $57 266
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $57 353
Biondi Santi Tenuta il Greppo Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $552 365
Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT $70 381
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $100 507
San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Sangiovese Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT $82 536
Valdicava Madonna del Piano, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $186 559
Marchesi Antinori Pian delle Vigne, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $62 585
Felsina Berardenga Rancia Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy Chianti Classico $48 606
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $60 625
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Classico $21 643
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $216 647
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $50 652
Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT $53 663
Fontodi Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Classico $28 695
Il Poggione Vigna Paganelli, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $77 697
Fattoria dei Barbi Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Brunello di Montalcino $53 702
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