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A Sangiovese primer with Colleen McKettrick


(posted 7/22/2011)

Though Sangiovese is commonly held to be a single grape variety it is in fact more like a clan of grape clones whose familial resemblance is as telling as the Medici profile and yet each variety brings its own charms. Here Colleen McKettrick shares with us the nuances of the Sangiovese clones: Prugnolo, Sangiovese Grosso, Brunello, and Morellino.

Featured Wines


Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2009 
Characteristics: Filled with intense red and black fruits in the nose, with hints of perfume. Flavors are dark cherries and coriander. The wine finished with a nice combination of sweet tannins and firm acidity.
- Wine Tasting Notes by CM, February 2011

- "Grapes: 85% Prugnolo Gentile, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 5% Mammolo.
- Ageing: in oak barrels for 4 months.
- Refinement in bottles: 3 months.
- Alcohol content: 12% vol.
- Serving temperature: 63°F
Characteristics: brilliant ruby red color, delicate aroma, with a distinct hint of ripe fruits, nice balanced taste, harmonious and long lasting."
-notes from the winery
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $176.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Avignonesi Vino Nobile Riserva Gran Annate 2006 
Characteristics: 
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $400.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2006 
Characteristics: Tradional winemaking yeilding tradional flavors. 100% Sangiovese from and excellent vintage. Soft and food-friendly with lively notes of wild berry, anise, almond and cola. The velvety mouthfeel is cleansing and bright yet there is enough structure and acidity to stand up to meat or cheesy pasta.
- wine tasting note by JN, 9/9/11

Ripe black cherry and wild strawberry on the nose backed by black, candied licorice and a little spicy wood. Not heavy in the nose but plenty dark. The mouth today has tangy acidity and nice grippy tannins. Again, it's not heavy, but it's definitely a wine with edges. The fruit in the mouth echoes the nose nicely and finishes clean and bright. I think this wine will soften nicely in the coming 6 - 12 months. -WB, tasted March 2009.
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $200.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Caparzo Brunello 2006 
Characteristics: Brick red color with a big sweet berry nose. Dry with excellent balance of tannins and acid. Dried red berry fruit, strawberry, cherry, and raspberry. Aging potential of 20-40 years.
- wine tasting note by MB, 9/9/11

The nose has flowers, ripe berries and minerals. This screams Brunello! Light, dried fruit on the palate. Great full body, round and fruity. A heady and decadent finish with lift and a little dried porcini.
- Wine Tasting Notes by SM, 4/1/11
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $400.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2006 
Characteristics: Explosive Brunello nose that just pulls you in; lead pencil, stoney, dusty country roads in the fall, well s[iced roasted meats. In your mouth the impression is mighty flashy with such an amalgam of things going on that it is hard to dissect into describable bits but here it goes. The fruit is marvelous and lush but in itself is not the dominate component. What impresses is that the acidity and alcohols propell the flavours all about in your mouth like a laser in the Hall of Mirrors. This is an excellent Brunello vintage and the Casanouve di Neri is a prize. Alcohol 14.5%. Notes by LAC. 9/20/2011.
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $464.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Coltibuono Chianti Classico Estate 2008 
Characteristics: 90% Sangiovese 10% Canaiolo
Beautiful dense dark brick color. Elegant and soft with rich tannins and dark berry fruit. A ridiculously good value!
- wine tasting note by MB, February 2011

"Intense ruby red color with whiffs of cherry and fresh berries in the nose. The dry wine, with elegant, balanced tannins and minerals, is
characterized by a good acidity and a long,
persistent finish."
- Wine Tasting Note from the Winery
Origin: Italy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $100.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Gabbiola Chianti Riserva 2006 
Characteristics: This wine shouts the pleasures of Tuscan earth. Beguiling aromas of mushroom and the ground. Layered flavors of the same with the addition of stewed fruits and spice. Plum, cherry, vanilla…it all keeps on coming and reminds one of what all the fuss has been about in Chianti for centuries.
-wine tasting note by JN, June 2011

This wine is dark, as transparent as Italian lawmaking; deep, deep purple and black. Its colour is a powerful precursive... what is to be expected from a Chianti this dark? The nose introduces the wine with pomegranates but ultimately a mélange of figs and dark chocolate. The mouth is dense and sensually textured; the flavour is black fruits and dark roasted coffee beans. I find the tannins meaty and the acids in good balance. All this promises a wonderful and long future. I will definitely add some bottles of this to the wines my sister is saving for her grand-daughter, Aleyah, who was born in 2006. A caveat; a good number of people feel that no sangiovese based wine is suitable for long aging. I concur that they don’t take very many years to peak but well made ones are persistent. - Wine review by LAC. August, 2010.
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $320.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Gabbiola Chianti San Michele a Torri 2007 
Characteristics: Delicious traditional style Chainti. Tart cherry flavors with soft tannins. Dusty character with exceptional finesse on the finish. Excellent with any wild game or red sauce pastas!
-wine tasting note by PCD, July 2011

This Chianti is very fragrant in the nose, with scents of violets, rose and eucalyptus. The flavors are filled with dark fruits, cedar and winter-mint. Tannins are firm on the finish, indicating nice aging potential for the next 4 to 5 years.
- wine tasting note by CM, August 2010

Grape variety: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo 5%, Colorino 5%

Alcohol content : 13% Vol.
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $200.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Le Corti Chianti Classico 2006 
Characteristics: A classic, easy drinking Chianti. Bring on the spicy sauce or sliced salami. The nose is plenty fresh but still has typical forest floor and tobacco aromas. Generous fruitiness in the mouth and nicely balanced. A fresh red wine with good flavour. - LAC 3/22/2010
Origin: Italy - Chianti
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $24.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Le Corti Chianti Classico 2005 
Characteristics: Le Corti Chianti Classico 2005 “Principe Corsini”

The Corsini family has every right to claim the mantel of “the true Chianti” - their sons have taken time away from their roles as Princes of Florence (and as Pope) to make the wine at their home “Le Corti” since 1427 - before Columbus sailed to America! Even today there is something casually aristocratic about this classic Chianti – it envelopes you with supple fruit, luxuriously ripe black cherries and plums. The scents are sophisticated, the subtle smoke of hazelnut and butternut. The flavors are racy and elegant, full of tension and lean energy. The tart cherry last flavors linger on and are seductive - this wine is so harmonious and effortless that you might be a bit startled when the bottle is finished and you think back: this wine has captured all of your attention, without ever demanding it. Good Chianti is magic. -Wine Review by PD (tasted January 2009)
Origin: Italy - Chianti
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $24.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Moris Farms Morellino 2008 
Characteristics: This is a high energy and vibrant, representative Morellino! Chiefly Morellino (read a special clone of Sangiovese that does well in this coastal clime), this has a bit more structure from 10% Syrah & Merlot. Albeit nervy (for which the great Sangiovese are known), this has a density and a richer quality than many of its Tuscan cousins with roasted notes, minty cherries, chewy tannins, and floral top notes that together make for a sensuous and textural wine I could drink for hours on end.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, August 2011


"The colour is a brilliant ruby red. The bouquet is intensely fruity and the taste is full flavored with a wonderful freshness and harmony. Pair with a variety of plates, meats, pasta, or spicy dishes."
- Tasting note from the winery
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $160.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2007 
Characteristics: Typical, perfect expression of the Brolio terroir with its mineral nuance and intensity. Recalls mature fruits like black cherries and blackberries on the nose, with hints of chocolate. Full, round and structured on the palate, with toasty hints and sweet tannins. Lingering and very pleasant finish.
- notes from the winery

An addendum: The winery notes are mostly right on but I feel they give the nose short shrift. Additionally there evolves with a bit of air a nose of cumin and Asian spice that is very satisfying. LAC. 11/07/2011
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $224.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Ricasoli Chianti del Barone 2009 
Characteristics: I'm just guessing but might this be governo Chianti? I mean 2009 in August 2010. I left my note taking to see if I could confirm this on the web but no luck. Anyway it is my suspicions are only reinforced at tasting the wine. Governo is where grape must is added to a wine just as it finishes alcoholic fermentation. It was originally used to reinvigorate a stuck fermentation but it produces a wine that is very pleasant early in its life. Rare in Chianti these days but great fun.

The nose is dark cherries, not a clear red cherry though the classic red cherry is a lovely component of the flavours. A really fun Chianti for early enjoyment; 2009 how much earlier could you get? If you haven’t had a governo before you owe it to yourself. – Wine review by LAC. September 2010.
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $144.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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San Michele a Torri Chianti Fiorentini 2009 
Characteristics: This medium bodied Chianti is made from organically farmed Sangiovese. First is a floral plumy nose with enticing hints of licorice and leather. On the palate you get to enjoy fresh cherries - yum. It is an elegant wine with concentration and length.
-wine tasting note by JN, August 2011
Origin: Italy - Tuscany
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $128.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2007 
Characteristics: Made from 100% single vineyard Sangiovese, Selvapiana Bucerchiale achieves all that great Chianti should. It is expressive of place…showing terroir in the nose, along with a harmonious balance of strawberries and wild raspberries. The structure and backbone to this wine indicate it will age nicely for several years to come. Having tasted other bottlings of this wine that had over 25+ years of age, I can attest that Selvapiana is making some of the best handcrafted wines from Chianti today.
- Wine Tasting Note by CM, February 2011
Origin: Italy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $160.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Vinea-Pinzale Brunello di Montalcino 2004 
Characteristics: 100% Sangiovese Grosso, this wine is made by the Nardi family in northwest Montalcino, and is a screaming deal from a great vintage for Brunellos. The nose exhibits dark yet bright floral/wood aromatics – lavender and sandalwood. The palate lends red berries and with great acidity and structure. Clearly a wine with time in the bottle, but a sexy and youthful wine to drink now.
- wine tasting note by DYB, March 2010
Origin: Italy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $212.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 6
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