Montefalco Sagrantino

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

In a few words: Intense ruby red with hues of garnet typical of Sagrantino varietal. Spicy, there is a scent of cinnamon that doesn’t overpower the aroma of red fruit, cherry or black cherry; with aging and refinement in the bottle an aroma of dried prunes will evolve. Very full and persistent, quite tannic with an agreeable touch of bitterness.

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

Grapes: 100% Sagrantino

Fermentation and Aging: After a 24 hour cold-soak, the wine spends about 10 days on the skins - enough to extract tannins, but not so much as to make the wine hard. Aged a total of 36 months, as set by the wine producers’ regulations: 12 months in small oak barrels - barriques or tonneaux, 12 months in steel vats and 12 months in the bottle.

Notes: This is a wine that will evolve in the bottle so if it is stored properly it will mature for at least 10 years. 2004 was the first vintage to earn Tre Bicchieri from the Gambero Rosso.