Sangiovese is the flagship red varietal of Italy and is known for attaining worldwide distinction in the communes of Chianti and Montalcino. At Raffaldini, it thrives in our Mediterranean climate and rocky soils which are very similar to Tuscany.
Our Classico is created primarily from the Vino Nobile clone, and undergoes the Appassimento drying process to create a full-bodied wine with finely-tuned acidity, soft tannins and a dark, cherry finish. Sangiovese Classico emulates the “Super Tuscan” style by including the international varieties Petit Verdot and Malbec, which enhance the wine’s acid and tannin structure. Properly stored, this wine will provide intrigue over the next four to six years.
Food Pairing: At the table, Sangiovese Riserva has the fruitiness and structure to complement spices such as garlic and red pepper. Try a grilled Tuscan dish such as beef tagliata and savor with dear friends and a bottle of Sangiovese Classico.
Type of Wine: Medium bodied red with high acidity and moderate tannins.
Origin: Sangiovese roughly translates from Latin as " Sanguis Jovis” or “Blood of Jove". Jove was the Supreme God in Roman mythology. It is the principal grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Three clones of Sangiovese are the most sought after. The first clone, Sangioveto or Grosso is used for Chianti. The second clone, Brunello is used to make Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino and the third Prugnolo, for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines.