Sangiovese: Articles on the Sangiovese Red Wine Grape Varietal

2016 Folonari Chianti, Italy, Tuscany - Wine Review


This sells for about $7.  It certainly is an excellent value at that price.  A nice wine to order at a local Italian restaurant or buy for a party.  Ruby/purple in color.  The n

1997 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo


OMG.  This bottle was opened about 3 hours prior to drinking and decanted about 20 minutes prior (mostly for sediment).  I was just blown away.  I thought it would be good, even grea

2016 Fratelli Grati Chianti Classico G, Italy, Tuscany


Ruby in color.  The nose has cherries and dust.  On the palate, this has sweet cherry fruit.  A bit one dimensional but nice enough.

Morellino di Scansano: Maremma Wine's History, Varietals, Producers, & Recommendations

The region of Tuscany makes many outstanding and well knows wines. has already explored Super Tuscans,

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – Another Great Sangiovese Wine from Tuscany

Some of the great wines in Italy, and the world, hail from Tuscany.  Other articles have discussed Super Tuscans, and some of the great wines based on the Sangiovese grape including Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.  In this article, another great Sangiovese based wine is explored:  Vin Nobile di Montepulciano. 

The name of this wine can be confusing.  Long ago these wines became the chosen wine of nobility hence the Nobile part of the name. 

Best Super Tuscan “Value” Wines

Super Tuscan wines can be expensive and, let's face it, with the Euro kicking the Dollar's butt, finding a Super Tuscan that doesn't break the bank can be a challenge. asked our panel of wine experts to recommend the best Super Tuscan "Value" wines:

A Sangiovese-less Super Tuscan!?!? Specifically I suggest the 2003 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia". I know, I know. There’s no Sangiovese in this Super Tuscan! It’s 60/40 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. And truly, it is a brutish wine, filled with tannin and body and yet there is a substantial amount of finesse. The 2003 vintage was a beauty for Northern Italy, unlike 2002.

Italy's Super Tuscan Wines: History & Recommendations

Super TuscansLast month I wrote about the “Super Marches” wines from Le Marche.  I realize that I have yet to discuss the granddaddy of all the “Super” wines; Super Tuscans.  Tuscany has a long history of making great indigenous wines.  See previous articles on Chianti, Brunello and Vin Santo.  It is also home to some of the best internationally styled wines which are known collectively as Super Tuscans.  So just what is a Super Tuscan?  There really are no hard and fast rules.  First and foremost, the term generally refers to red wines from Tuscany that do not conform to any DOC(G) regulations.  They are released as IGT wines or even Vino de Tavola (VdT) or table wine.  Beyond that, it is a term more of marketing than art or science. 

Cosentino Winery

The Vibe: 

Housed in an ivy-covered, French-chateau styles stone building, the family owned Cosentino winery continues to produce a wide variety of wines. While zinfandel comprises much of the 70,000 case production, visitors to their just-north-of-Yountville tasting room can sidle up to the copper counter and try a pinot grigio, chardonnay, cab, sangiovese, pinot noir or merlot. Winemaker Mitch Consentino prides himself on producing a wide variety of artisanal wines using traditional methods.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Groups
  • Small, private events (e.g. wine/cheese pairings)
  • Those seeking to try several different varietals sourced from several different areas
Not good for: 
  • Tours
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
Known For: 
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese


7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
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