Of the many native red grape wines recently revived in Italy, Sagrantino di Montefalco
- Umbria's flagship wine -
is one of the most distinctive. With its impressive complexity and longevity,
it has the qualities to become the region's most famous wine, despite the fact
that this low-yielding Sagrantino grape makes up a mere 6% of Umbria's total
The vinous reputation of central Italy rests on long-established commercial
wines such as Chianti, Brunello di
Montalcino or Vino Nobile de
Montepulciano, based on the "omnipresent" Sangiovese grape and its clones,
but Sagrantino of Montefalco can hold its own in any confrontation.
Sagrantino of Montefalco has one of the lowest maximum yields at 48
hl/ha, and must be aged for 30 months pre-release, of which 12 months must be
in wood - increasingly French barriques. It is a garnet-red with muscular
tannins and full body, a subtle scent of violet petals, an aroma and bouquet
reminiscent of blackberries. Montefalco Rosso is an earlier
drinking blend of Sangiovese (60-70%), Sagrantino (10-15%), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (15-30%).
The Sagrantino grape reaches its apogee as a passito style wine,
produced from partially dried grapes: full-bodied, mellow, spicy, with
robust alcoholic strength of over 14 %, and a garnet red colour. The trend
towards dry/Secco wines has only outstripped the sweet over the past 15 - 20
Recommended Producer: Az. Agr.