Ah how far we have come from the terrible baskets of straw wrapped chianti of the 1980s and 1990s. Forever famous for its mass production and hangover causing quality. Sangiovese has had a wonderful resurgence thanks to increased focus on quality in its best area of production, Tuscany. Truly a reginal grape, Sangiovese is only widely planted in Italy and varying degrees are blended in different regions (70% in Chianti, 80% in Chianti Classico, and 100% in Brunello di Montalcino). On the nose Sangiovese brings tart strawberry, figs, tomato, leather, herbs, and smoke. With its notably high tannin and acidity this wine is meant for food, especially food with some flavor. It is versatile, but does best with straightforward Italian favorites such as pizza, pastas, sausages, cheeses, and loud family events.