Country: Italy Region: Umbria
Appellation: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Grape Variety: Sagrantino 100%
The Sagrantino grape is grown in a relatively small area around the ancient hilltop town of Montefalco in Italy’s Umbria region. The grape has one of the highest tannic levels of any variety in the world and also contain some of the highest polyphenol (antioxidants) levels of of any red wine. Its inky purple, dark brooding wines contain more tannin than those made from Aglianico or Tannat, and twice the level of Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo wines. It makes some of the finest red wines in all of Italy and yet it remains relatively unknown and is rarely encountered, despite the fact that its cult status is growing.
Hand harvest in the second week of October. Grapes are crushed and de-stemmed, fermentation is made in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature at 28° C. Maceration of 3-4 weeks with pumping over and delestage. Ageing in barrels of 30 Hl and tonneaux for 30 months. In bottle for at least 24 months.
It pours a deep ruby red. Its powerful aroma of wild cherries, blackberries and plums develops notes of graphite, liquorice, juniper berries and aromatic herbs. The tannic weave, the freshness, the alcohol and sugar are well balanced. This wine to lay down is aged in casks for at least 2 years and in glass for 2 more, improving over time for at least 10 years.
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