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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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  • Montefalco

      The Montefalco wine region, named for the Medieval hilltop town at its center, is located ...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Greece

    Wine has been a part of Greek culture for at least 4,000 years. Of course, the “worship” of the...

  • Siena

  • Montefalco Rosso

  • Umbria Igt

      Umbria is a wine region tucked in central Italy, surrounded by Tuscany, Latium and the Mar...

  • Umbria

      Umbria is a wine region tucked in central Italy, surrounded by Tuscany, Latium and the Mar...

  • Sagrantino Di Montefalco

  • Montefalco Sagrantino

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    The estate has been in the Antonelli family since 1881. Although originally from Spoleto, the fam...

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  • Val di Maggio Arnaldo Caprai

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Sagrantino on Snooth

  • Tabarrini Montefalco Rosso Colle Grimaldesco 2007


    Aromas of violet, cassis, and tobacco - very earthy! Heavy red fruit in body, with a chalky finish Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Sagrantino Colpetrone 2007


    Brick and clay notes on the nose. Rich red berry and a Brunello-esque nose. Cranberry and pomegranate as well. Massive dark fruit on the palate, but very well balanced. Great intensity. Rich fruit, powerful but not overwhelming. Dry. Good mouthfeel. Great for food.4/21/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Bocale Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2008


    Sagrantino is an Italian grape variety that is indigenous to the region of Umbria in Central Italy. It is grown primarily in the village of Montefalco and its surrounding areas, with only 250 acres dedicated to the grape in the hands of about 25 producers. With such small production, the wine is not widely known outside of Italy, even though it ... Read More

    Wine review by Antonio Chef Tony

  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2006


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    Wine review by Klh

  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2006


    The nose showed pure cranberry juice, dusty potpourri and herbs. On the palate, I found sour raspberry, minerals and Sour Patch candies. The finish showed a mouth-puckering red fruit. This bottle could use a little more time but, as always, is highly enjoyable to a lover of Italian wine. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2006


    Whenever I see this on a wine list (any vintage) I go for it. A highly versatile wine that never disappoints. So well structured that each layer seems to match whatever flavor profile is needed to go with food, or just to sip alone. Wish I owned more bottles! Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

  • Colsanto Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2006


    Perfect for a nice Italian dinner. Nice and dry, but not over the top. Still a good buy for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Liam McCusker

  • Perticaia Sagrantino di Montefalco 2006


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    Wine review by gntop1

  • Perticaia Sagrantino di Montefalco 2006


    This is a silky and elegant Sagrantino. Structure is present but not overwhelming. The long cold soaking eases the tannins. The only Sagrantino that I have tried that can be consumed young, yet offer the bold characteristics of the Sagrantino grape. Masterfully crafted wine and most certainly deserving the THREE RED GLASSES with Gambero Rosso fo... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Perticaia Montefalco Rosso 2006


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    Wine review by alanb1108

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