The Expressions of Sangiovese
How much can we expect from a Sangiovese wine? This single vine contains a thousand expressions and tells many a story of viticulture, making Tuscany a jewel in the world of wine. It is no mystery that this blend is the basis for the greatest appellations of this region including – Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti Classico, just to name a few.
It is precisely this great versatility that sets Sangiovese apart, both in terms of clones and organoleptic characteristics. It all depends on the exact wine you have in your glass. If you have a Prugnolo Gentile, a biotype of Sangiovese (they are genetically identical) from which we derive the Nobile di Montepulciano, you can expect a warm, harmonious, intense, persistent wine that is suitable for long aging.
We find the same characteristics of persistence and predisposition to refinement in a Sangiovese Grosso, grown on the slopes of Montalcino. This grape produces Brunello di Montalcino, one of the best known and appreciated wines in the world, known for its characteristics of elegance, harmony and finesse. Already at the sight, the Sangiovese Grosso bunch has a beautiful blue color tending to black, compact, pruinose. As goes the popular adage – a good wine is born in the vineyard, and this grape is the proof of just that.
The Chianti Classico Sangiovese is presented in all its elegant freshness with an extra floral tone: violet and wild fruit which create a flavor profile of a wine that, at a young age, has a crisp drink and pleasant sip. Refinement leaves nothing to be desired – these Sangiovese based wines such as the Chianti Classico Riserva and the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione offer structured, soft, warm wines – the full expression of this grape variety of origin.
Sangiovese finds its identity in the vineyard. These are wines which tell the history of regional viticulture expressed in persistent and harmonious aromas and flavors. Although widespread throughout Italy, there is no doubt that it is here, in the hills of Tuscany, that it finds its maximum expression.