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 Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2004


    After decanting for 3+ hours.dusty nose, filled with spice, glove, and bright fruits, yet subtle. Strawberry and cherry fruit are at the core of this wine. A hint of oak comes in at the entry but integrate well. The fruit and flavors have great length and class. Days later, the taste still linger. Read More

    Wine review by edub

  • Scacciadiavoli Sangiovese Blend Montefalco Rosso 2003


    nice wine. A little smokey, cherries and rasberries with a nice finish Read More

    Wine review by JohnnyRocketts

  • Cantine Martinelli Sagrantino di Montefalco 2003


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    Wine review by miriamrosetti

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


    Made up of 85% Sagrantino and 15% Sangiovese this Umbria production is a great value from one of Italy's premier producers. Good balance, medium body red berry , with good minerality and earthiness. This wine is drinking well now but I wouldn't hestitate to celler it for a few years. Read More

    Wine review by hoovermarc

  • Hello all,I figured I should probably introduce myself, or perhaps more appropriately introduce ourselves, since two people use this account.I'm Nick, and I'm from northwest Ohio (Toledo, right on the border of Michigan). I made this account for use by my girlfriend, Kat, and I as a means of chronicling our new experiences with wine. We're both ... Read More

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  • Adanti Azienda Agricola Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2003


    Discovered this one at Lupa. Many of the characteristics we love, deep, rich stone fruit, cherry. A little lighter and shorter on the pallet than our favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Cab Lovers

  • Hello, fellow snoothers!I will be spending 10 days in Perugia this summer attending the annual Umbria Jazz Festival, and I'm planning to get plenty of wine experiences during that stay. Does anyone have any wine related tips or recommendations for Umbria and the Perugia region in particular? Wines, wineries, places to go, places to dine and wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Umbria

  • Need feedback on a few possible Italian red wine case purchases.G. Voerzio Serrapiu Langhe Rosso, 98Paitin Pasquero Langhe Rosso, 01Sandrone Pe Mol Langhe, 01A&G Natale Fantino Nebbiolo, 04Paitin Pasquero Elia Nebbiolo ca veja, 04Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo, 05Giacosa Fratelli Nebbiolo, 05Boroli Langhe Rosso Anna, 05Boeri Monferrato Rosso, 02Thank... Read More

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  • P.Bea Passito 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by suzanc20

  • Adanti Azienda Agricola Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2003


    Heaven in a glass! Smoke, leather, and oak giving way gradually to rich Umbrian flavors - fig and truffle, wild boar and sundried tomato. Quite tannic but profound and resonant. This is a wine that you don't forget, and it's certainly worth the price for an occasion. Read More

    Wine review by La Lonza

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