- Chew on That Jun 6, 2008 03:49 PM
I had a Sangiovese recently and I have to say it's my new favorite wine. Or at least this kind was excellent. It was light, refreshing and all around delicious.
Does anyone else have a sangiovese they recommend?
I too am a fan of sangioveses! What sangio did you have that you liked so much? Would help to know what it was more specifically. Also what price range are you thinking?
Here are a couple of recent threads you might find useful, if you haven't already seen them:
Even though the title is California Montepulciano, sangios more broadly are mentioned.
This thread is about relatively inexpensive everyday Italian sangios/sangio blends. I started this one, and have purchased some of the suggested wines, but haven't found the time yet to do the tasting. A cold interrupted my ability to taste or enjoy wine for awhile. I have also had a harder time tracking some of the wines down than I expected.
My best recommendation for you is to read the threads on good buys in Chianti. If you can afford a Riserva, then try one or more of those.
Here's a great thread to read.
Besides Chianti recommendations, you will see reference to Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, both of which are made from the Sangiovese grosso grape, as it used to be called. While Brunello may be beyond your budget, you can find some good Rosso di Montalcino buys. Try the Rossos as well as the Chiantis. Good luck.
If the OP is interested in Italian Sangiovese, there are many areas in Italy from which to choose. I have had examples from:
Montalcino (Brunello, Rosso, Super Tuscan)
Montepulciano (Vino Nobile)
Chianti (Chianti, Sangiovese)
Maremma (Tuscan Blends)
(Sangiovese, Sangiovese Blends)
(Sangiovese di Romagna)
We are lucky to have available the wonderful wine guide from Gambero Rosso, “Italian Wines 2008” (the current edition) available in English from Amazon.com, etc. It rates most of the finer wines in Italy, although I’ve enjoyed several wonderful wines not listed from smaller producers, I believe. The top rating is 3 glasses and there are examples of Sangiovese with the top award from all the areas I‘ve listed.
The exploration of Italian Sangiovese is a wonderful trip. I find that I enjoy those grown in the more mountainous areas of Tuscany and Le Marche, rather than the lower elevations like Maremma and Emilia Romagna. I like the leaner, more focused flavors. I tried a Brunello grown from grapes on only the southern exposure in Montalcino, but found that I prefer the sharper flavors of the normal blending of northern and southern exposures. There are different types of Sangiovese grapes grown in these areas. However, Montalcino and Montepulciano use the same one and I prefer the Vino Nobile de Montepulciano over the Rosso de Montalcino I have tried. And so on, there is so much to try.
But perhaps the OP was referring to Sangiovese from the U.S.