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

  • Montefalco

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

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Sagrantino on Snooth

  • Sagrantino di Montefalco Taccalite 2004

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    Rating the 2006, I found this peppery for my taste. Would be great with steak, but not by itself. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Paolo Bea Sangiovese Blend Umbria IGT San Valentino 2006

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    We recently had this wine with a fantastic dinner at Spadaro Ristorante in New Rochelle, NY. Wonderful! Read More

    Wine review by timbreese


  • After enjoying one of the most wonderful wines in some time, I.. in my infinite wisdom tossed the bottle in the trash without recording the name/label (it was a Pinot Noir). So I'm here posting this request hoping that someone can recommend a very (underscore very) dry red wine for me. I'm first a beer enthusiast, but have absolutely fallen in l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello All! Need a...


  • Còlpetrone Sagrantino Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by miloarmadillo


  • Yes, I am native SF bay area Californian... 2nd gen.  Yes, I love and drink CA wines.  Yes, I have started to go outside my comfort zone and drink wine from other regions, many of which I really like.However, my hands down fav. wines are California wines.. unless it is a grape done more commonly in another area and not CA- examples are Torrontes... Read More

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  • Terre de la Custodia Sagrantino di Montefalco Duca Odoardo 2004

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    Not a professional when it comes to reviewing wines, but here goes. This is of the 2005 vintage, not the 04.Having spent two weeks in Italy, starting in Rome, then Florence, Sienna, Assisi, we wind up in Umbria. Having toured a few famous vineyards and wineries - the most memorable of which was a personal tour of Kendal Jackson's Tenuta Arceno w... Read More

    Wine review by The sprout


  • In Rosso di Montefalco the sagrantino percentage is small with the bulk consisting of sangiovese.  Is the small amount of sagrantino enough to distinguish these wines from the many, many quality sangioveses that are far more easily obtained? Read More

    Forum post in the topic rosso di montefalco


  • Arnaldo Caprai Anima Umbra Rosso Sangiovese. Cannaiolo Umbria Montefalco 2006

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    Complex and interesting wine with good value. Nose of nail polish (volatiles), spice, hints of fruit, cooling air. Drying tannins, lively acid, and lots of mouth-coating red sour ripe fruit and spice and slightly bitter leather. Finished with pleasant deep sour fruit, mostly at the front of the tongue, framed by a nutty bitter hum and some wood. Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


  • Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco 2003

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    The 2003 Paolo Bea, Sagrantino di Montefalco showed a gorgeous deep red crimson color in the glass. As I poured, an aroma of candied cherry filled the air. With a little time in the glass, the rich fruit transformed into a Burgundian expression of red fruit with earth and clay. Dusty dried flowers filled out the bouquet and, as a few tasters not... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Hi everyone - we are heading to Italy in mid October for our honeymoon.  Of course, our focus will be on the wines. ;)Any recommendations on regions, wineries, routes, etc?   We will be going for two weeks and right now the plans include the Amalfi Coast, Umbria, and Piedmont.  However, nothing has been booked yet so we are open to any and a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Honeymoon in Italy: Oct 2010


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