The Sangiovese grape is well known for its amazing ability to effortlessly alter its genetics based on the surroundings. Even within Italy, there are many different variations of the grape, resulting in different tasting wines. While some may dislike Sangiovese due to not having a distinct taste like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, others argue that this way, the wine has something for everyone.
An example of this would be the two different places in Italy where it's grown, Montefalco Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. The former is famous for its delicate strawberry aromas and lighter appearance, while the latter is known to be a much darker and tannic wine. Keep in mind that they are both Sangiovese wines.
Sangiovese varies in taste from rustic and earthy to round and fruit-forward but is generally savoury. The most notable flavours are those of sour cherry and tomato. Because of its flavour, Sangiovese pairs well with a wide variety of foods due to its savoury character and moderate weighed body. If you are looking for a perfect fit, try Sangiovese wine with roasted meat and hard cheeses.
Fun fact ... did you know that Sangiovese wine is actually fairly scarce outside of Italy? The rest of the world grows barely 5% of Sangiovese, the rest is grown in Italy. The next on the list are the Americas. The first one is the United States, where California had a major flirtation with Sangiovese. It’s followed by Argentina, with its large Italian immigrant population, although not nearly as prominent as the dominant Argentine wine Malbec, and Australia, where local winemakers managed to help Sangiovese thrive in the Victorian Highlands and the McLaren Vale.