Friday, January 10, 2014

Know Your Oregon Wines: Sangiovese

Sangiovese: Sangiovese is a red wine grape variety originating in Italy. It is most famous as the main component of the Chianti blend in Tuscany, but winemakers outside Italy are starting to experiment with it. Young sangiovese has fresh fruity flavors of strawberry and a little spiciness, but it readily takes on oaky, even tarry, flavors when aged in barrels. Abacela *Grows these grapes in Oregon as does Fiasco Winery in the Applegate Valley AVA along with a few more. Also they are grown in the Columbia Gorge and in The Walla Walla Valley AVA in the North Eastern corner of Oregon.
Thanks to Oregon Wine Merchants 

*I stand corrected: Abacela no longer grows Sangiovese.

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