La vigna di sangiovese

AKA The Blood of Jove
Most widely planted grape in Italy
Often blended with Canaiolo or international varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah or Merlot
Different expressions based on locale
Chianti DOCG
8 subzones
Brunello di Montalcino
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Morellino di Scansano


2 type grapes:
Piccolo thinner skin small tight bunches late ripen, prone to multiple clones
Susceptibility: good resistance, workhorse grape
Climate: prefers warm climates without too much sun
Soil: limestone, clay

Carbonic Maceration
Post Fermentation Maceration - to increase aromatics and concentration
Oak aging:
26 months riserva for Chianti and Classico

Old World: Tuscany, ITALY “the king of Italy”,
New World: California

Color: bright berry red, gets darker with age and quality. Natural orange rim
Aroma: low aromatics due to low extract. bright tart cherry; Chianti to rich berry, plums, cherry sandalwood Classico , tobacco leaf, slight gamey, leather and spice. Richer, riper, more complex & longer finish with Classico
Body: medium
Acidity: medium plus
Alcohol: medium
Tannins: soft texture
Flavors: bright tart to rich cherry, strawberry black pepper, balsamic vinegar