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Top Rated Sangiovese

Sangiovese grapevine in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany

In Latin, the name literally means "blood of Jove," suggesting a possible ancient Roman origin. Sangiovese is a medium-bodied wine with a sometimes bitter finish and a high natural acidity, with fruity notes of strawberry, blueberry and plum, as well as spice. When aged in barrels, the wine can have an accentuated oaky and even tar-like flavor. Below are the best Sangiovese wines we've tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.

 

CastelGiocondo
2007 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Tuscany, Italy
16/20
$75

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Dievole
2001 Dieulele Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Tuscany, Italy
16/20
$81

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Badia a Coltibuono
2009 Sangioveto di Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
15.5/20
$60

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Da Vinci
2007 Cantine Leonardo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Tuscany, Italy
15.5/20
$60

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Da Vinci
2007 Chianti Riserva DOCG
Tuscany, Italy
15/20
$25

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Piccini
2009 Brunello DOCG
Tuscany, Italy
15/20
$60

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Ruffino
2001 Tenuta Greppone Mazzi
Tuscany, Italy
15/20
$62

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Selvapiana
2006 Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG
Chianti, Italy
15/20
$30

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Da Vinci
2006 Chianti Classico
Chianti, Italy
14.5/20

$27

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Kuleto Estates
2004 Sangiovese
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20

$32

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Malibu Vineyards
2006 Vortex Sangiovese
California
14.5/20

$25

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Marchesi de' Frescobaldi
2009 Nipozzano Riserva
Tuscany, Italy
14.5/20

$22

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Seghesio
2010 Sangiovese
Alexander Valley, California
14.5/20

$30

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Stolpman Vineyard
2008 Sangiovese
Santa Ynez Valley, California
14.5/20

$36

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Villa Antinori
2010 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Tuscany, Italy
14.5/20

$33

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Castello d'Albola
2009 Le Ellere Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy
14/20

$25

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Eberle
2006 Sangiovese
Paso Robles, CA
14/20

$22

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Martin & Weyrich
2005 Il Palio Sangiovese
Paso Robles, CA
14/20
$16

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Niner Wine Estates
2007 Sangiovese, Bootjack Ranch
Paso Robles, CA
14/20
$24

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Poggio San Polo
2003 Rosso di Montalcino
Montalcino, Italy
14/20
$25

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Terrabianca
2
005 Scassino
Chianti Classico, Italy
14/20
$21

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Drei Donà Tenuta La Palazza
2005 Pruno
Forli, Italy
13.5/20
$39

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