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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  • Sagrantino di Montefalco Antonelli 2006


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... carrots, onions, celery and Sagrantino di Montefalco wine, sort of a vegetable Bolognese. It may have been better than the tassatelli. If I had one more dish, I would have come to a more definitive conclusion. With the Tassatelli we recommend Rosso di Montefalco... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One

  • I know I've been about as active as GDP around these parts lately, so ... ... in a trip to Umbria for the Sagrantino harvest and I'd love for you to check out my article and, if you are so inclinced, give it a like/tweet/share.Would love to hear your thoughts. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Of Monsters & Montefalco

  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his ... sagrantino, colorino, schioppettino, canaiolo, nero d’avola, negroamaro, montepulciano, aglianico, marzemino, refosco, lagrein, the lambruscos salamino and maestri …  as well as arneis, greco, fruilano, fiano, ribolla, giallo, and, as many wine lovers will be aware,... Read More

    From the article Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than ... Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Sagrantino. These four red wine grapes typically produce deeply colored wines that express masculinity and power. And even though they make excellent wintertime wines, they’re also popular partners for the summertime grill. I’ve selected five... Read More

    From the article Robust Red Wines to Enjoy This Winter

  • Tenuta Castelbuono Montefalco Sagrantino 2007


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    Wine review by jared2

  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... there who is also growing Sagrantino and some Italian grapes, some of which I got to taste a few weeks ago.Until the 20th century, it was pretty rare to do monovarietal wines in most places - that's something that the Americans really came up with in the 1970s. You had Burgundy and Pie... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?

  • Antignlano Montefalco Sagrantino 2000


    This bottle of wine I bought on the website ... 100 miles north of Rome. Sagrantino is the grape used and it is indigenous to the Umbria region and grown mainly around the village of Montefalco. DOCG status was granted in 1991.The wine has to be aged for at least 30 months before bottling 12 in oak. My bottle is from Brogal Vini, a well establi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sagrantino di Montefalco Tiburzi Taccalite D.O.C.G 2003


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    Wine review by Ringworm

  • Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Ann 2001


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    Wine review by Ringworm

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