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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Hi, I've found this Hungarian Pinot Noir wine on an online pharmacy here: 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


    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

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  • 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

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  • Mosby Sagrantino 2006


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  • Pieva'No Montefalco Rosso 2008


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  • Sagrantino Colpetrone 2007


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  • Thought Foxall would have chimed in on this already but... A couple evenings ... write it down.2001 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montelfalco Secco - most interesting wine of the night for me. A lot going on, great structure.1996 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri - was very polished and drinking well2006 Agharta "Exhibit B" - this was my contribution a... Read More

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  • Elicius Umbria Rosso IGT 2008


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