When it's time to splurge, look to Sagrantino!
100% Sagrantino from Montefalco, Umbria, Italy. The wine was aged in lightly toasted 500 hL oak barrels for 6 months, followed by 25 hL oak barrels for 18 months followed by 12 months in glass lined cement vats and finally 12 months in bottle before release.
Sample submitted for review. The Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino typically retails for around $40 but can be found for as low as $30 (Saturday Splurge). Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. 2,850 cases produced.
From the winery:
The traditional wine of Montefalco, made exclusively from Sagrantino grapes, vines grown for centuries on the slopes of the Umbrian hills characterised by great structure and longevity.
Vintners in Montefalco take their Sagrantino seriously! With wines required to be 100% Sagrantino and aged at least 36 months before release (at least 12 in oak), these are serious wines. And today's example takes it even a step further with a total of 48 months of ageing.
Thanks to these requirements, Sagrantino wines can be cellared successfully for 30 or more years. This one, a 2010, is still just a baby. To top it all off Sagrantino is also one of the healthiest wines in terms of the amount of antioxidants. For all these reasons and more, it is one of our favorite varieties to turn to for a Saturday Splurge.
Dark fruit, herbs and spice all combine seamlessly to create a powerfully enticing aroma in the 2010 Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino. Tasting reveals blackberry, black cherry, spice, herbs, licorice and more in this full-bodied beauty. It's tannic, as most Sagrantino are, but surprisingly easy to drink for a wine this young. Smooth and lush in the mouth, firm tannins lead into the dry, long finish. Splendid!
Looking for more of the best Italian Wines under $20? Click the pic below to check our giant listing along with more information on the varieties and regions that produce the best value wines in Italy!
Ready to buy the Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino? Check your local retailers.