The grape of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese currently accounts for about 10% of Italy\u2019s total grapes. First documented in 1590, it\u2019s seen its share of highs and lows, from being the backbone of the most sought-after wines of Tuscany, to a long stretch as an unnamed grape in cheap table wines throughout central Italy.\r\n\r\nMore recently, Sangiovese has seduced growers in places like Australia, Argentina and Canada. It\u2019s created a footprint in the U.S., too, mainly along the West Coast, but also in Texas. It\u2019s searched a bit for its personality and place in the New World, winemaking styles that emphasize zippy, fresh character may finally settle it.\r\n\r\n\r\nCalifornia\r\nIn Sonoma, the Seghesio family still has some century-old vines. Newer plantings go into fresh incarnations like Peter Stolpman\u2019s Love You Bunches carbonic Sangiovese, or Ryme Cellars\u2019 Sangiovese-Friulano carbonic coferment. Jennifer Reichardt of Raft Wines sources Sangiovese from Nessere Vineyards in Butte County, which struck her for its \u201cbeautiful cherry flavor, [with] lots of pop and zest.\u201d\r\nPacific Northwest\r\nIn Oregon, Sangiovese can be found in Umpqua Valley and Columbia River Gorge, while in Washington State, it has made a home in Walla Walla Valley. Graham Markel of Buona Notte Wines procures grapes from Oregon\u2019s Gorge, just east of The Dalles, for his fruit-driven, largely whole-cluster Cento per Cento cuv\u00e9e. He says it\u2019s a \u201cwild spot\u201d where \u201cripe clusters drip into flowering sage brush.\u201d In Washington, Leonetti Cellar makes a serious bottling aged partly in classic botti.\r\nAustralia\r\nSangiovese makes small, respectable appearances from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale to Victoria\u2019s King Valley. Famous producers like Penfolds, Chapel Hill, Hewitson and Brokenwood Wines have bottlings, while Coriole Vineyards and the Pizzini family have showcased the variety for decades. Light, bright and juicy examples from cooler areas like Heathcote or the Yarra Valley have brought renewed attention to the grape.\r\nCorsica\r\nIs Sangiovese by any other name still Sangiovese? Corsican wine producers who make it under the local name Nielluccio might have something to say. The grape takes on distinctive bright and floral notes on the island. Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Domaine Antoine Arena, Clos Canarelli and Domaine d\u2019Alzipratu use it in everything from bright and savory ros\u00e9s to deep, ageworthy reds.