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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  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines

  • 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

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked

  • Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Sagrantino 2008


    Richly decadent aromas of dried dates and fresh blackberry preserves with soft baking spice. This opens up a little tight today yet still quite expressive with chocolate and espresso notes, light menthol, cherry and raspberry with strong firm tannins and a finish of considerable length and more chocolate coming back in alongside notes of vanilla... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso 2011


    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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  • There’s only one source for the best Italian wines in the world: Gambero ... impressive expressions of Sagrantino, Merlot, and Aglianico. In fact, the Sagrantino wine grape is on a lot of wine drinker’s radars. Pay attention to these bottles. But by all means, continue to enjoy the classics. The fun, and oftentimes value, is found in the under... Read More

    From the article The Best Italian Wines of the Year

  • Montefalco Rosso 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by SolidGroovin

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Of Monsters & Montefalco

  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... grapes like Aglianico and Sagrantino that could produce dark wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, from France, didn't appear until sometime in the 17th century. Merlot is older and it was useful because it ripened before the winter rains and snow showed up.But the wine that wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...

  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a report, with queries, from one of our regulars: Reply by EMark, 2 hours ago.OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from the back label)76% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Syrah5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the f... 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.

    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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