Sangiovese, Italy’s most widely planted grape variety, is the backbone of many of the country’s finest red wines. This esteemed grape finds its true home in the picturesque region of Tuscany, where it has been cultivated for generations. While Sangiovese’s origins were once shrouded in antiquity, recent research suggests that it may not be as ancient as initially believed. Regardless of its age, Sangiovese has emerged as a grape of remarkable versatility, capable of producing wines that range from everyday enjoyment to profound age-worthy treasures.
Sangiovese thrives in central Italy, particularly in Tuscany, where it takes center stage in renowned appellations like Chianti, Chianti Classico, Morellino di Scansano, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climatic conditions and diverse soils of Tuscany provide a conducive environment for Sangiovese. Its slow ripening nature benefits from the extended growing season, resulting in wines with pronounced acidity and rich, complex flavors.
Sangiovese wines offer a captivating sensory experience. On the nose, they unveil enchanting aromas of dark cherries and black stone fruit, often accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and dried herbs. These wines are known for their savory character, which adds depth and complexity. When aged in oak, Sangiovese can reveal richer notes of plum and wild raspberry.
Traditionally, Sangiovese was aged in large, old Slavonian casks, but modern winemakers have embraced French oak barriques and hogsheads to enhance its flavors. While Sangiovese has been blended with other grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in wines like the “Super Tuscans,” there’s a growing trend to produce 100% Sangiovese bottlings to showcase the grape’s inherent qualities.
Sangiovese’s history dates back to the 16th century, although its true age was debated until DNA analysis revealed it to be a progeny of Ciliegiolo and Calabrese Montenuovo. Its prominence in Chianti and Tuscany solidified in the 1700s. Sangiovese is also closely linked to other southern Italian varieties, such as Gaglioppo and Nerello Mascalese.
Sangiovese, with its distinctive character and adaptability, continues to captivate wine enthusiasts worldwide. It reflects the essence of Tuscany’s winemaking heritage, making it an integral part of Italy’s viticultural legacy.
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