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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  • Lindemen - bone dry and puckering are not related. Dryness refers to the amount ... ... tannic or puckery, young Sagrantino being an example. With things like Champagne or sparkling wines, people have preferences, some liking a really dry wine and others liking a bit more sugar left in the wine.The Romans wouldn't have made sparkling wine or La... Read More

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  • Colpetrone Montefalco Sagrantino 2010


    Mellow, earthy cherry and strawberry aromas with light floral notes and cinnamon spice. Bold acidity and thick tannins on the palate with sticky, earthy pine resin and cherry compote flavors, finishing with candied strawberry and plum notes that come with a bit of heat and fresh licorice spice. Dry, earthy and well made.90 pts Read More

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  • Paolo Bea Umbria Rosso 'Rosso de Veo' 2006


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  • Somewhere I have a few bottles JD, so we can try them. Again, it's not a ... the Hungarian guy growing Sagrantino - why not? See what happen Read More

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  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... Blauburger, Menoire, Tannat, Sagrantino (I really need to double check this although I do know a guy growing it so who knows), and a few local things that I don’t remember. At the higher level they also allow Pinot Noir, Cab, Cab Franc and Merlot.Eger has three classes o... Read More

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  • I am the owner and winemaker at Chateau Niagara winery in Newfane, NY. We are a small lot winery of artisan French and Eastern European wines.  Read More

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  • Tenute Lunelli Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino 2009


    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


    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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  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... ... the Wine GuyMontefalco Sagrantino DOCGA consumer seeking a wine to tuck away in their cellar for an extended period of time should look to [central] Italy's Umbria region. Within the town of Montefalco grows the deep ruby-red colored prized jewel of the lan... Read More

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  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... di canelli, pinot grigio, sagrantino, and sangiovese. Coquerel Wines makes verdelho, tempranillo, and late-harvest sauvignon blanc. I haven’t scratched the surface of the depth and breadth of the Napa Valley’s wine options, as there are approximately 475 physica... Read More

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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...

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