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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  • Youll suddenly notice that no one invites you to dinner anymore. My Chef ... Di Trinci, Sagrantino Di Montefalco, Ugolino 2001 This is one of the first times I've used a Sagrantino against something spicy but I've heard many times that they can hold up to spicy dishes. This one did perfectly. Plus it makes for a great alternative to a big ex... Read More

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  • Terre de Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco 2001


    Dark purple color with a full seductive body. Aromas of Black Currant, Cinnamon, clove and fruit cake. Spicy, rich raspberry jam on the palate that finishes fresh with a long cherry aftertaste. This bottle held up perfectly to the complexity and spiciness of the dish it was paired with. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG Colpetrone 2004


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  • Còlpetrone Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2004


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  • Perticaia Sagrantino di Montefalco 2005


    2.75 starsAppearance: deep ruby with some brick in the coreNose: medium intensity of menthol and artifical cherryPalate: high powdery tannins, high acidity with flavors of cherry, eucalpytus Read More

    Wine review by lglover

  • Sagrantino Montefalco Ris. 25 Anni Caprai Caprai Arnaldo Vino Rosso 2005


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  • Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano 1998


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  • Wanted to share some notes from a recent party. The pairing for the first two ... ... Paired with Paolo Bea, Sagrantino Passito 1999I don't have a picture but I think it's pretty easy to visualize. I will say this, I've never had so many compliments about a wine going well with Chocolate and I had this night.Wine Notes: Floral and a bit po... Read More

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  • Paolo Bea Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 1999


    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

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