Name of varietal: Sagrantino

Common synonyms: none

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Umbria, Italy

History of the grape: Sagrantino is mostly grown around the town of Montefalco in the central Italian region of Umbria. The region Sagrantino di Montefalco was given DOCG status in 1991. The area had been most famous for Montefalco di Sagrantino Passito, made from partially dried grapes, and considered one of the finest Italian dessert wines. However, in the 1970s, the fashion shifted to producing the grape in dry reds. Sagrantino is considered one of the most dark and tannic grapes in the world, akin to Nebbiolo. But unlike Nebbiolo, Sagrantino is not produced for long aging like Barolo or Barbaresco. Wine-makers have figured out that long maceration times and careful barrel aging will tame the harsh tannins and draw out the lush fruit characteristics, while still retaining an earthy and mineral balance. Most dry Sagrantinos are best consumed between five to ten years after release.

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  • VV, I'm not doing a "trip recap" per se, but I will have several ... interesting, is that, while Sagrantino skins are the most tannic of any grape, Sagrantino seeds are very small and thus don't leech many tannins into the wine. In general, tannins from the skins tend to be silkier and less harsh than those of the seeds. As such, Sagrantino ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Of Monsters & Montefalco

  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so ... ... tannin (though I had a Sagrantino last night with very bitter tannins, that made it a little hard to drink).Because of this, I tend to favor Petite Sirah, but often find good examples of this in Malbec, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre and Nero D'Avola. I just had m... Read More

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  • Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso Umbria Italy 2009


    Really interesting sagrantino di montefalco from Colpetrone. There's a burst of black licorice coming out of the glass. Loads of ripe dark fruit on the tongue along with earth tones, tar, black licorice, a touch of mint, extremely grippy and drying tannins and medium acidity. This is a fairly big red that needs a good bit more bottle time to res... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Mike, any update on the trip? Saw your pics on the Pennsylvania Vine Co. site ... ... post while searching for Sagrantino, as we're having this beauty tonight.Really interesting sagrantino di montefalco from Colpetrone. There's a burst of black licorice coming out of the glass. Loads of ripe dark fruit on the tongue along with earth tones, tar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Of Monsters & Montefalco

  • Sagrantino di Montefalco Antonelli 2006


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... carrots, onions, celery and Sagrantino di Montefalco wine, sort of a vegetable Bolognese. It may have been better than the tassatelli. If I had one more dish, I would have come to a more definitive conclusion. With the Tassatelli we recommend Rosso di Montefalco... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One

  • I know I've been about as active as GDP around these parts lately, so ... ... in a trip to Umbria for the Sagrantino harvest and I'd love for you to check out my article and, if you are so inclinced, give it a like/tweet/share.Would love to hear your thoughts. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Of Monsters & Montefalco

  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his ... sagrantino, colorino, schioppettino, canaiolo, nero d’avola, negroamaro, montepulciano, aglianico, marzemino, refosco, lagrein, the lambruscos salamino and maestri …  as well as arneis, greco, fruilano, fiano, ribolla, giallo, and, as many wine lovers will be aware,... Read More

    From the article Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than ... Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Sagrantino. These four red wine grapes typically produce deeply colored wines that express masculinity and power. And even though they make excellent wintertime wines, they’re also popular partners for the summertime grill. I’ve selected five... Read More

    From the article Robust Red Wines to Enjoy This Winter

  • Tenuta Castelbuono Montefalco Sagrantino 2007


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    Wine review by jared2

  • I had forgotten just how good this variety is until I opened a bottle of 2008 Gracebrook Sagrantino from NE Victoria. It is dark, inky and voluptuous. I paired it with spaghetti and a pork and tomato ragu.

    Comment by 1462980Snoother 1462980 1462980 Snoother 1462980

  • A wonderful grape. Love the wines from Umbria and esp Montefalco. Paolo Bea is king.

    Comment by 789867sangiovese77 789867 sangiovese77

  • Something about Sagrantino and spice. They go together like jalapenos and melted cheese. Nothing better for hot Thai currys. Forget the whites with that stuff. Might as well drink ice water. Something about that grape calms the frayed nerves of the tastebuds at the back of your tongue and spreads the rapture of the heat throughout the entire mou...

    Comment by 201426Tom Giamario 201426 Tom Giamario

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