Bacco Wines shares the story behind the wine of JUPITER (Sangiovese)
One of the things we love about working with BACCO Wines is their focus on unusual grapes and rare wines. One of Italian’s famous grapes is the Sangiovese. This ‘divine’ grape – from ‘sanguis Jovis’ meaning ‘the blood of Jove’ or Jupiter, god of the sky – has lived up to its name by creating some truly great wines. It is well known by lovers of Tuscan wines, especially Chianti and of course the celebrated Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG – which demonstrates the potential of 100% Sangiovese wine.
Laura from Bacco Wines shared that there’s more to explore behind the Sangiovese grapes than the well-known interpretations…
This divine grape has lived up to its name (from the phrase ‘sanguis Jovis’ meaning ‘the blood of Jove’ or JUPITER the Ancient Roman god of the sky and the king of the gods, equivalent to Zeus of Ancient Greece) by creating some truly great wines.
In the vineyard, Sangiovese matures slowly and ripens late. Its thin skin suits lower elevations. In the cellar, Sangiovese is full of possibilities thanks to its firm tannins and high acidity that gives winemakers flexibility to produce very elegant wines with great structure.
In your glass, expect a savoury and balanced wine from Sangiovese, with notes of dark cherry. Look for wild raspberry and plum flavours too. For matching with food, given the naturally savoury taste of Sangiovese, try herb or tomato dishes to enhance the fruity flavours in the grape. It’s also superb with hard cheeses and rich meats.
As mentioned in the introduction, the Sangiovese grape is well known by lovers of Tuscan wines, especially Chianti and of course the celebrated Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG that demonstrates the potential of 100% Sangiovese wine (using the Brunello grape, which is a clone known as Sangiovese Grosso for its larger size). Alongside Barolo, these famous Sangiovese wines are arguably Italy’s premier wines for ageing.
An innovative Tuscan estate has even created a ‘baby Amarone’ wine by partially drying Sangiovese grapes (the same method used in Veneto by Amarone winemakers, but primarily using the Corvina grape), calling it Sirpasso to draw attention to its Ripasso like character.
Outside of Tuscan estates Sangiovese is a popular vine in many north or central Italy wineries, used in wines such as the Lake Garda blend Garda Rosso. It is even grown as far south as Umbria, such as the Cesarini Sartori estate that blends it with Sagrantino, Merlot and Cab Sav to make their wonderfully-named Rossobastardo label.
CNY Special Offer
With less than a month until CNY Bacco is kicking off the upcoming Year of the Dog with a promotion on AVI 2007 – the 100% Sangiovese from Emilia-Romagna that boasts the she-wolf of Rome on its artistic label.
Usually $70 (or $157 for the magnum) this delicious wine is now on offer at only $45 per bottle or $80 for two … or get your hands on the last few magnums in Singapore for only $88 (while stocks last). Be quick, they’ll be gone before you know it!
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