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 di Montefalco ' Pagliaro' 2007

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    Wine review by Ringworm


  • Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino "Chiusa di Pannone" 2006

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    Sagrantino di Montefalco became a favorite the evening Andrea first opened a bottle for us in Panicale. Antonelli's Chiusa di Pannone is dark and rich in color, richer and fuller in flavor, dark cherries, blackberries and a wonderful earthiness fill you nose and taste buds. After many bottles of Sagrantino, we've found Chiusa di Pannone to be ... Read More

    Wine review by PanicaleUmberto


  • Yeah but you had them at Christmas with cookies and eggnog and too much food in ... ... with Bobal, Monastrell, Sagrantino, Zinfandel, Aglianico, Cab Franc, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Xinomavro or Carignan.Or something els Read More

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  • Snapped this shot a couple months ago when we were racking some Pinot for Ancillary and Patiné. Check out the shadow, "Fill 'er up!" So what Pinot Noir have you enjoyed lately. What characteristics did you like about it? What food did you pair it with?Tonight I'm opening a 2011 Copain "Les Voisins" Pinot Noir for a number of reasons.I haven't ta... Read More

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  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... ... as famous dessert wines, Sagrantino and the grapes used for Amarone, while many are made exclusively into dessert wines, Moscato Rosa and Zibibbo for example, and don’t even get me started on Vin Santo and Vino Santo! The bottom line is that Italy is a fantastic re... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • Jon - you sure it wasn't Thummerer? I know them. Don't know the other.I ... know a guy who's planted Sagrantino.White grapes are different and some have been around a lot longer. Muscat is one of the world's oldest grapes and that may well have predated the Romans - who really knows? There are a number of white grapes and I've written about the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungarian Pinot Noir good for...


  • Corder said that it's not resveratrol though. He said that other ... ... those. So I guess stuff like Sagrantino would have even more. But then again, I don't know of anyone else who's supported his claim. Nor do I think that one can go about consuming all the fatty food in sight and get off scott free. I bet those guys in their 90s are also p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungarian Pinot Noir good for...


  • Hi, I've found this Hungarian Pinot Noir wine on an online pharmacy here:http://www.my-lifespan.com/redwinehighinresveratrol.htmlThey claim it to be therapeutic for health, saying it's a special brand wich may lower chloesterol, and help keep a good cardiovascular function, as it's a unique version. I've actually bought  and tasted it, and I mus... Read More

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  • Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso 2010

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    Alone, this grape produces Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG. Blended with other grapes, it produces Rosso di Montefalco DOC. This wine is very intense ruby with purple reflections, the aroma is very persistent with typical accents of blackberries, plum and earth that are perfectly bound to the vanilla given by the wood. The taste is potent, smoo... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's ... ... Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino di Montefalco ($75) which has to be the best value on this list, and I went through it pretty carefully. Yes it’s a bit of a tough and savory wine, but it's a fine example of Sagrantino with some age on it for a very compelling pr... Read More

    From the article 6 Great Wine Lists


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