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The Montefalco wine region, named for the Medieval hilltop town at its center, is located in the Umbria region of central Italy. This is a small region with only two DOCS and one DOCG. The celebrity red grape is Sagrantino, which has been grown here for centuries. It’s nebulous as to whether it originated here or if it was brought by ancient Greeks or later by the Franciscans who may have discovered it in the Middle East. But in either case, Sagrantino has become a distinctly Umbrian Montefalco grape, grown almost nowhere else. 
Like most good things in life, this varietal takes some patience to love, but it pays off. It’s deep, dark and tannic, but balanced by lightly sweet, plummy, delicately perfumed fruit. In their youth, wines from Sagrantino can be very bitter and tannic, and the resulting lusciousness needs some time to ripen. Many wine-makers didn’t have that kind of patience, and Sagrantino fell out of favor toward the end of the 20th century. But other Read more »

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