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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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  • Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso 2012

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    Dark black cherry and blackberry, spicy earth and licorice aromas on the nose. Drying and sun drenched, this is restrained and muted on the palate but over delivers on structural elements of earth, oak and tannin. Fruit is much more present on the approach with a warm blackberry and black currant mixture tailing off towards the finish which is h... Read More

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  • Tenute Lunelli Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino 2009

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    Dusty and dry but nicely fruited and aromatic on the nose, this brings lightly floral raspberry and strawberry notes and dark berry richness alongside mineral earth. Puckering acidity and gripping tannin greet the palate with more dark earth notes of forest floor with a bloom of ripe red cherry and strawberry towards the finish that's almost can... Read More

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  • Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso 2013

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    Trick cherry syrup and rose petal aromas hanging with baking spice and a hint of ripe blueberry. Darker and richer on the palate and showing powerful structure and medium body, the fruit is lighter with cranberry, cherry and raspberry notes to start with more tannins washing in behind the fruit and settling in the mouth. Read More

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  • Tenute Lunelli Ziggurat Montefalco Rosso 2010

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    Dusty and minerally on the nose with soft floral notes of raspberry and cherry. Quite tart and a bit zesty in the mouth yet still nicely elegant with raspberry, cherry and cranberry flavors, oaky notes towards the finish with dark plum and a hint of tar and smoke. Read More

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  • Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso 2011

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    Powdered sugar on the nose with a high fruit top note of cherry compote and floral salinity adding some complexity. In the mouth this has delicate fruit on entry but a well structured palate of chewy tannins and mixed berry notes of raspberry and blueberry, finishing floral with hints of red licorice and fresh cream. Read More

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  • Nice piece, Mike. Read More

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  • Here's the Wine Enthusiast piece: http://www.winemag.com/2016/02/04/italys-ultimate-chocolate-friendly-wine/ Read More

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  • Montefalco Rosso 2010

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  • I also have a piece on Sagrantino passito - the dessert wine of Montefalco - in the Feb issue of Wine Enthusiast. It's not online (yet? hopefully?) but for now you can check it out in the mag... I'll post it if it does end up online. Read More

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  • Oh, man, you are killing me. Who thought a picture of scrambled eggs could make a grown man slobber?  And those pictures of the festival, the town, the vineyards and the grapes themselves... Somehow here in California we were blessed with similar topography, but we decided to cover it with strip malls and highways.  Even up in Napa, there's a cr... Read More

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