This rare red grape variety is said to have been brought to the hilltop town of Monteflaco’s vineyards by Greek settlers, or by Franciscan friars from France a long time ago. We will never know the truth.
Regardless of its origins, it grows best around Montefalco’s clay, sandstone, and limestone soils that enjoy a Mediterranean climate.
This thick-skinned, flavourful fruit that yields tannic wines that require at least five to seven years of cellaring.
The region in Umbria, one of three shoeless provinces of Italy (others being Molise and Val d’Aosta) east of Tuscany is the only one where Sagrantino grows and yields fine wines. The only other province in Italy that is trying to grow this grape is Tuscany.
Sagrantino was close to extinction in the 20th century, until 1971 when Arnaldo Caprai, a local viticulturist and entrepreneur, took an interest in it and propagated enough vine to plant a few hectares.
Eight years later, Sagrantino was granted D.O.C status, and in 1992 elevated to D O C G, the highest quality denomination according to Italian wine laws.
The yield is restricted to eight tons per hectare and the wine must be aged fro a minimum of 12 months in barrels, plus 12 months in bottles. Sagrantino may only be sold after 37 months following January after harvest. The rest accounts for winemaking procedures.
The second wine of Montefalco is Montefalco Rosso generally blended using sangiovese, merlot and up to 15 per cent sagrantino.
Sagrantino di Montefalco must be made using only sagrantino. Arnaldo Caprai now cultivates approximately 37 hectares of sagrantino.
Recentyl six wineries principlasérepresentativers visited Toronto for a preview of wien writers and the trade.
All wines poured are special imports and takes approximately six to eight weeks toa rrive.
Montefalco Rosso, 2009, 88/100 ( $ 20.95)
Sagrantino di Montefalco, 2007, 87/100 ($37.95)
Sagrantiono passito, 2008, 90/100
(Is a sweet wien produced by using the technique called appassimento, during which the grapes loose up to 35 per cent of their juice thus concentrating their sugar content)
Fattoria Col Santo
Montefalco Rosso, 2007 86/100
Sagrantiono di Monteflaco, 2008, 88/100 (Approximately $ 50.00)
Antonelli San Marco
Montefalco Rosso, 2010, 86/100
Sagrantino di Montefalco, 2007 88/100
Miontefalco Rosso, 2010 87/100 ($ 19.95)
Sagrantino di Montefalco, 2007 90/100 ($36.95)
Monteflaco Riserva, 2009 90/100 ($29.95)
Sagratino di Mionteflaco, 2007 91/100 ( $ 47.95)
Montefalco Rosso, 2010 89/100 ($23.95)
Collepiano Sagrantino di Montefalco, 2008 88/100 ($70.00)