A glass of red wine

Sagrantino di Montefalco

Sagrantino wine in Umbria

Have you ever been to Umbria? Green rolling hills, vineyards everywhere, olive trees in every angle.  It is also an amazing wine producing region and home of a grape that is only grown in a very restricted part of this region and nowhere else in the world.

Sagrantino di Montefalco

The town is called Montefalco and the grape to try, also known as the king of tannins, is the Sagrantino. It is the trademark of Umbrian wines, such as Barolo is of Piedmont and Brunello di Montalcino of Tuscany.

This grape is unique, and is considered one of the most tannic varieties in the world.  Only the capable hands of experts and time (ages for 30 months of which at least 12 months in oak barrels plus another year or so in a bottle) can turn it from a mouth-drying unapproachable experience (in it’s early age), to an experience that you will forever treasure.

The wine is rich with an explosion of aromas and flavors that will leave you mesmerize. Dark, almost black ruby red, with notes of cocoa powder, liquorice, dark berry, leather, vanilla and sage. The profile is so complex and unique it will be like playing hide-o-seek with the aromas, each unveiling slowly in your glass.

This wine can properly age of +25 years, and the wait will definitely be worth it!

a grape of Sagrantino in Montefalco

Sagrantino Passito

For centuries Sagrantino grape was used to only make sweet wine. Monks used it for Mass wine. It was so austere and tannic that no-one even considered turning it into table wine.   In the mid 1960’s, after being on the verge of extinction, a handful of wine producers in the area believed in the potential of this grape and their hard work and belief created what is now considered among one of the  best Italian reds.

This is just one of the many lesser known Italian jewels that you cannot avoid falling head over heels with if you are a red wine lover! You might be lucky enough to enjoy it during our 90-minute Essentials of Italian Reds tasting…. who knows! We’ll leave a little bit of suspense here.

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