Another stunning full bodied and dark ruby red but this exclusively showing off the best of the rare Sagrantino grape. A wine of great structure and complexity with intense fruit, blackberries and blueberries on the nose and palate with gentle cinnamon spices, herbs and liquorice and full yet rounded tannins and a persistent finish.
A Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG needs at least 36 months of aging prior to release to obtain its sought after classification.
Sagrantino is a grape variety that only grows around the hilltop town of Montefalco in Umbria and is grown NOWHERE else in the world. It can have great strength of tannins and much skill is required by the winemaker to make these approachable but conversely of course the benefits last through the development of the wine in bottle and as a varietal this has great ageing potential. With mysterious origins - Greeks, French Monks and St Francis of Assisi are all cited as possible sources of the varietal it is unrelated to any other Italian grape and has become the signature red grape of Umbria. Its name has overtones of both the words for 'holy' and 'celebration' in Italian and it was grown originally for use by the church with references found dating back to the 14th century. The town of Montefalco's wine is also mentioned as far back as Pliny although at this point we don't know the grapes being used.
Sagrantino's other claim to fame is that it is the grape variety with the highest amount of polyphenols (even above the famous Cannonau of Sardinia). This polyphenol - Resveratrol helps protect the body from cell damage. The concentration of these antioxidants is twice that of most other red grape varieties.
Ian D'Agata the wine journalist and critic says of this vintage
Almost impenetrable purple ruby. Blueberry syrup, coffee, cocoa very tannic but with enough rich fruit to stand up to the balance, long and spicy on the perfumed finish.
Cured hams, meat or tomato based stews and most perfectly a mature Pecorino cheese, meat or pasta dishes with truffle. Allow this wine to breath fully before trying to taste it at its best.
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