Hints of tar and black licorice accent the baked black raspberry fruit in this creamy, full-bodied red. The firm tannins are well-knit, and the finish echoes aromatic accents of grilled herb and spicy mineral.
Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG is south of Perugia in central Umbria near the communes of Montefalco and Bevagna. To carry this DOCG status, a wine must be 100% Sagrantino. The “secco” wines, or dry Sagrantinos, must be aged for a minimum of 30 months, with 12 months in wood. The sweet Sagrantinos, called “passito,” also require 30 months of aging, but do not need to spend time in wooden barrels. The appellation was awarded DOC status in 1980, then elevated to DOCG status in 1992. Sagrantino di Montefalco is considered one of the rising stars of the Italian wine world. The wines are rich, age-worthy and very high in polyphenols, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds in grape skins. Commonly called resveratrol, these are the compounds referred to in articles about the positive effects of red wine on cholesterol levels. The grape Sagrantino is an ancient and somewhat mysterious variety. It is thought to have arrived in Umbria from Greece, and its name refers, probably, to the word “sagra,” or festival. Though Umbria is mostly known for its white wines, Sagrantino is a big, tannic wine that, traditionally, was specially made for community festivals.