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 Secco Pagliaro 2005


    drank at osteria morini jan 2013 Read More

    Wine review by Rajaharb

  • I'm making a lasagne bolognese for a dinner party (the whole deal from scratch, including pasta) and I want to get an interesting Italian red to pair with it. I'd love to get a Barolo but the cost is a bit prohibitive...I'm like to keep it at about 15 a bottle or less.Also maybe a light Italian white to have with appetizers. Unfortunately I live... Read More

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  • Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by dlellis

  • Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano 2000


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2005


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2005


    We found this wine on holiday this year, 2012, in Umbria. Very full bodied and spicey. We enjoyed it so much that when we visited the town where it is made, Montefalco, we dropped in on the winery. They were very helpful and we tasted nearly all their produce and bought some as well !We would definitely recommend this wine. Read More

    Wine review by nickdavinci

  • Passito Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito Caprai 2006


    This wine was spectacular! A very deep purple colour, but on the nose it was AMAZING! I just can't describe the aromas. Oil, sugar, blackberry, flowers.. it so complex you have to drink it to understand me. On the mouth it is the first sweet wine with integrated tanins.. OMG you just have to taste it.. Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by CheloSpahn

  • I posted this question because someone on another thread referred to Merlots as "tannic" and I don't think of them that way.  But I also realize I am less sensitive to tannins than to, for example, acidity.  I have to stop and think about whether tannins are high or medium, although I can kind of quantify them if I stop and think.I think of tann... Read More

    Forum post in the topic which varietals are most tannic?

  • 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

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