Cards of Wine

Sangiovese (Italy)

Sangiovese is the main grape in many famous Tuscan wines:

Profile

Body
Tannins
Fruit
Acidity

Warm Climate Flavors

Blueberry.
Sweet Cherry. Plum.
Herbs.
Oak. Leather. Tobacco. Smoke.

Cold Climate Flavors

Sour Cherry. Red Berries. Strawberry.
Licorice. Violet. Tea.
Oak. Leather. Tobacco. Smoke.

Food Pairing

Sangiovese loves Florentine Steak .

Tuscan. International Food.
Pasta. Tomato or Meat Sauce. Rich Risotto.
Poultry. Pork. Sausages. Veal. Red Meat. Lamb.
Mushroom. Truffle.

Mature Cheese. Pecorino Toscano. Parmigiano Reggiano. Asiago. Provolone.

Serving temperatures:
16-18°C (61-64°F)

About

Sangiovese translates to "Blood of Jove" (the Roman God Jupiter).

The difference between the 2 Montalcino wines and the other famous wines from Tuscany such Chianti and Montepulciano wines is that Montalcino wines are 100% Sangiovese while Chianti and Montepulciano are blends.

Brunello di Montalcino: 100% Sangiovese grapes
Rosso di Montalcino: 100% Sangiovese grapes
Chianti: blend Sangiovese (80%)
Nobile di Montepulciano: blend Sangiovese (70%)
Rosso di Montepulciano: blend Sangiovese (70%)

The color ranges from brilliant ruby to garnet red.