Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet. In this series,Debbie Gioquindo and I will be working our way through the wine world by way of the alphabet. Each month we will take the next letter in the alphabet and learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.
S is for Sangiovese
Sangiovese is a thin-skinned, late ripening, rather finicky grape. While you can find Sangiovese throughout all of Italy, it is grows most abundantly and is most well-known in Central Italy, specifically the Mediterranean region of Tuscany. It is often harvested beyond mid-October.
This late harvesting provides a rich, alcoholic and long-lived wine in hot years, but can create problems of high acidity and hard tannins in cool years. When the vine is allowed to overproduced the wine’s acidity is accentuated and the color is lightened, which can oxidize and start to brown at a young age. Since it is thin-skinned it is susceptible to rot in cool and damp years which since it hangs late, could pose a problem in areas that have rainy Octobers.
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