Umbria is one of four landlocked provinces of Italy (others being Piedmont, Val d’Aosta, and Alto Adige). Like all provinces of Italy, Umbria produces significant quantities of wine, albeit most never leave the country. This situation is now changing.
Montefalco is a small town where viticulture has been practiced since 1088. The municipality has 1000 hectares of vineyards and 74 wineries. The famous red grape, indigenous to Montefalco, is sagrantino, which was on the brink of extinction when local vineyard owners in 1970’s resuscitated and planted on large vineyards. The grape ripens late but offers intense aromas of berries and cherries. Now, Montefalco sagrantino wine has been granted D.O.C and D.O C.G. status, and several wineries export to the North American market.
The passito (grapes dried in the sun) must be aged for a minimum of 29 months before release. The wine is sweet and intense.
Motnefalco Rosso, 2011, produced by Azenda Agraria Scaccidiavoli (a blend of sagrantino (60 per cent), merlot 25, and sangiovese 15) is ruby red in colour. Cherry aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth, the power, and intensity of the wine and balance becomes palpable. This full-bodied wine has a long and satisfying aftertaste.
Pair confidently with roasted meats, grilled steaks, pastas with meat sauce, and hard cheeses.
The wine is enjoyable now, but can be cellared for three to four years.
Available at the Vintages stores for $ 21.00.