Sangiovese a taste of Italy in Pacific Northwest

By on February 21, 2016
Sangiovese is a minor wine grape variety in Washington state.

Washington grows enough Sangiovese to make about 75,000 cases of the red wine. This sign is at Red Willow Vineyard in the western Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Sangiovese is the most-planted red grape in Italy and is most famous in Tuscany. Here in the New World, Sangiovese plays no more than a minor role.

In the Northwest, some of the best examples of Sangiovese are dry rosés that provide deliciously bright red fruit behind startling acidity.

Washington has the largest plantings of Sangiovese in the Northwest, with about 1,300 tons harvested each fall.

We have put together a list of eight Northwest Sangiovese – with half of them examples of rosés.

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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