Montefalco Sagrantino Passito

perticaia passito.jpgWinery: Perticaia
Montefalco, Italy
Appellation: Montefalco Sagrantino Passito
Designation: DOCG

In a few words: Intense ruby red with pomegranate hues. Typical ripe fruit spores with noticeable marmalade overtones, prune and cherry, all enriched by overtones of vanilla, cinnamon and other species typical of the variety. Full-bodied wine, with an ample structure, long aromatic persistence, with a typical tannic end accompanied by an enjoyable sweetness.

Site: Selected from the estates 3 Montefalco vineyards - Pioppi, Querce, and Montioni, around 350 meters altitude.

Grapes: 100% Sagrantino

Fermentation and Aging: Harvested a bit early to retain acids, then the grapes are dried for 40-50 days, giving grape sugars of 350 g/L. The raisins are crushed, then undergo a long, slow fermentation. Requires a special yeast to start the fermentation (other wines from Perticaia are not inoculated). At 100 g/L, the fermentation is stopped. The result is 15% natural alcohol. Aged 36 months in total, scheduled by the production regulations in the following order: 12 months in French bay oak barrels (barriques and tonneaux, 12 months in steel, and 12 months in bottles.

Notes: 2500 bottles produced, and the wine must be tasted to be believed.