Sagrantino

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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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  • Paolo Bea Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 1999

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    Floral and a bit porty on the nose with hints of cedar and raspberry jam. Medium ruby color and deceptively light causing you to expect something lean and dry but then on your first sip you're hit with intense, sweet fig, candied ginger and chocolate. The sweetness is not overwhelming and perfectly balanced with fruit and acidity, leaving you w... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Hey everyone I need an idea for a first course. The Friday after Thanks ... will be served with a Bea Sagrantino Passito '99. However, the first course is killing me. I don't want to cop out with another boring antipasta plate (what's comfortable about that?). Any ideas? I haven't picked out the forth bottle of wine yet either s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Comfort Food


  • Hi all! I've just joined the site and love it so far! I'm in the position where I would love to start cellaring some wines. I figured since I'm new to the cellaring game, it might be fitting to find some talented wine by some talented young makers/wineries to start the ball rolling. Perhaps there are some bargains to be had at the same time?? I... Read More

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  • Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco Chiusa di Pannone 2004

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    Wine review by Giampiero Nadali


  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino 2003

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    Solid - a bit tannic, but lots of black fruit, tobacco, coffee notes. Not as good as 2001 vintage, but a strong wine. Read More

    Wine review by sidenote


  • P.Bea Passito 2001

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    Beautiful - tasted side by side with 2003 vintage and this was the clear winner. Much more integrated and less tannic than 2001. Black cherries in a glass with lots of leather. Tasted like a good Barolo. Read More

    Wine review by sidenote


  • Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by bflorin


  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino 2003

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    lots of red fruit ... great tannins ... long lasting finish but not overpowering. would be great over the next few years. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG Colpetrone 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by mlesser64


  • Milziade Antano Sagrantino di Montefalco 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by RachelNYC


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