Definition - What does Sangiovese mean?
Sangiovese is grape variety that is extensively grown in central Italy and is used for the production of red wines. The name of the grape "Sangiovese" is derived from a Latin word "Sanguis Jovis", which means Blood of Jove. This dark skinned grape has nearly 14 clone varieties with Brunello and Prugnolo Gentile being the most celebrated ones. The famed red wines that are made from Sangiovese include Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
WineFrog explains Sangiovese
These indigenous Italian grapes date back to 2nd century BC, where they were first known to be cultivated by the Etruscan winemakers of Tuscany. Sangiovese is a slow ripening grape that flourishes in limestone-based clay soils. The grape is used for making both 100% Sangiovese wines (Brunello di Montalcino & Rosso di Montalcino ) as well as for blending (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot) .
The high-quality wines produced from Sangiovese are renowned for there pronounced levels of acidity and tannins. These wines pair nicely with roasted meats and also when served with tomato and cheese-based dishes.