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Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG

Sagrantino could be considered Umbria’s flagship grape and Montefalco Sagrantino its flagship wine. Little know outside the region, let alone outside Italy, Montefalco Sagrantino is a red wine with great structure and longevity that can stand the other big Italian central red wines, from Brunello di Montalcino to Nobile di Montepulciano.

Montefalco Sagrantino, according to its “disciplinare”, regulation, can be dry, secco, and passito, sweet wine, and must be made with 100% Sagrantino grape grow in and around the town of Montefalco, province of Perugia, and must be aged for at least 33 months with at least 12 months in Barriques and then another 4 months in bottle. Montefalco Sagrantino passito on the other side, doesn’t require any wood ageing.

Montefalco Sagrantino is a very complex wine with a rich and powerful nose typically characterised by notes of fruit and aromatic herbs. On the palate the wine is very structured, with firm tannins and pairs perfectly grilled and roast meats, stews, game and mature hard cheeses.

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