Red Wine

Sangiovese

It’s grown throughout Tuscany in the sub-regions that make up the Chianti DOCG, where the Sangiovese Piccolo is the dominant version. Plantings in Montalcino making Brunello are typically of the Sangiovese Grosso version. We use the term version as there is some funky DNA floating around that doesn’t neatly fit into Variety or Clone. It’s a case of same same but different. You’ll find it in Sicily, Calbria and splashes around the world.

Where is it grown?

What does it taste like?

Generally lighter in colour, although as always there are exceptions. There’s a transparency to good Sangiovese.

There is an incredibly diverse array of flavours and aromas across the wines made from Sangiovese. This is true across both Chianti and Brunello wines. In Chianti this is influenced by blending with the native Canaiolo, and French varietes like Syrah and Merlot  You’ll find fresh flavours like sour cherry, shifting to dark fruits, earthy characters, florals, rich chocolate, spices and beyond. The perceived density certainly differs across the wine. Like most varieties the styles that can be made are incredibly diverse.

The tannins and texture of Sangiovese are a signature element. In Chianti, in general, expect long fine tannin. In Montalcino the can be a little broader and more robust.

You’ll typically find higher perceived acidity in good Sangiovese.

Italian varieties are growing in popularity in Australia. It’s still early days, but, we are seeing wines of considerable promise coming out of the King Valley and Heathcote amongst others. Paolo de Marchi’s discussion of achieving balance in Sangiovese gives further insight into the variety.


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Castell’In Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

A Level Up from the Incredibly Good Chianti Classico! No wonder Walter Speller has it in his Top 5 Chianti Wines!
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Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Talenti are clearly going to be a staple on the Wine Decoded list!
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Fèlsina Chianti Classio DOCG ‘Beradenga’ 2017

Fascinating wine from Fèlsina. It demands air and time to reveal itself, as has been the case for many 2017 Chianti Classicos!
$54
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Fèlsina Chianti Classio DOCG ‘Beradenga’ 2019

The Perfect into to the Fascinating Chiantis of Fèlsina!
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Monteraponi Chianti Classico 2019

Seriously just watch the videos! The wines are as good as the setting in which they are made! I just want to go stay there and drink their Chianti!
$65
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Podere Brizio Rosso di Montalcino 2018

An impressive Rosso. Showing plush, fine tannins - with a bit of weight to them - that provide a significant structural element without being over the top. The core of fruit is energetic and the acid line of Sangiovese at play. A darkness wraps bright, fresh red cherry fruit, with herbal hints, a little something savoury, and a pinch of baking spice. Excellent composure, serious effort going into making this. Rosso's fit in a number of different moulds from playful fun wines to an entrée to Bru
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Sassetti Livio Pertimali Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The 2019 Rosso from Pertimali has lifted a gear or three. The profile this year leans a little toward the Brunello with a darkness, density and more layered mouthfeel. Perhaps this is a shift to what looks a little closer to baby Brunello than it has in the past. Maybe simply a reflection of the year. It's more serious, developed and refined. Earthy, herbal notes fold in seamlessly to juicy fruit and a line of thirst-quenching acid. This is a very strong performace at the Rosso level for Pertima
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Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2018

Is it traditional Chianti Classico? No. Is it bloody good? YES!! A cooler year than 2016 delivery a refined personality.
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Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2019

Is it traditional Chianti Classico? No. Is it bloody good? YES!!
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A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2018

As you’d expect a little close by comparison with the 2017 and 2016. Plenty on offer. Here maraschino cherries with their zest come through. Again the site family genes are apparent. A quick decant worthwhile here to help it pop that fruit a silky tannin still evident
$68
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Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The perfect introduction Canalicchio known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out!
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A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017

2017 is like the pretty sister to the 2016 that has loads of fight in her. You can see the family resemblance. The fruit is on the redder side compared to the 2016 with just a pinch more acid giving it a splash more energy. The secondary characters are just starting to emerge and I expect will be on full display in another 6-12 months is the 2016 is anything to go by. This really is a case of celebrating the difference and timing, that is timing of when you drink them.
$70
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Fuligni ‘Ginestreto’ Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Rosso doing it right! Fuligni's 'Ginestreto' is beautifully poised. Ever so devourable this is classic Sangio!
$80
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Fontodi Chiant Classico 2019

The thirst-quenching nature combined with great intensity and personality draws you in! 
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Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco Rosso 2019

A pure expression of Sangiovese, the Tua Rita 2019 Perlato del Bosco comes from what Stefano Frascolla calls "an odd but ultimately very easy vintage" in terms of farming. This is a historic entry-level red that has been made since 1992 and is closing in on its 30th anniversary. The wood regime that favors large oak cask was tweaked in 2002, and the wine delivers lots of primary intensity and varietal purity in its current incarnation. This is one of the most Sangiovese-tasting Sangioveses made
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Il Marroneto ‘Ignacio’ Rosso di Montalcino 2018

The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio is flat-out delicious with a woodland and almost-autumnal profile. Wild strawberries, blueberries, lavender and sage mix with hints of cinnamon and flowery undergrowth. It’s silky-smooth, almost velvety in feel yet perfectly balanced and full of life, displaying ripe wild berry fruit and inner violet florals. There’s enough structure here to carry the 2018 for a number of years in the cellar, but who can keep their hands off of it today? Alessandro Mori
$102
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A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

A pretty handy Rosso resting a small step away from heading into the next league. This needs time by the 4th and 5th day the full potential of this Baby Brunello was on full display. Dark cherry, fresh blackberry fruit with an earthy feel, a little dried orange peel, plush long tannins. Layered in spices rolling through, exceptional length and depth. There's been a bump in price here, if I were to taste it blind I would say it was excellent value. Comparative youth aside in a couple of years if
$108
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