2006 Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino


The other night Chris was making Pork roulade with cornbread stuffing, spinach, caramelized onion and mozzarella.  I wanted to pair the meal with a nice red wine.  A Cabernet Sauvignon or white wine was not going to cut it, I was thinking a Pinot Noir or an Italian wine sounded good too.  After spending time pulling bottles I came across a 2006 Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino.

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The Sagrantino varietal is somewhat new to me so I did a Google search.  The name of the grape seems to derive from sweet red wine used in the past to celebrate the Holy Mass: “sacramental wine” or “wine of the sacristy”.  The origin is unknown, but it’s probably a native variety; another hypothesis says Franscican Friars imported it from Asia Minor.  It’s widespread in Umbria, a region of Central Italy, especially around Montefalco near Perguia, where it has found the best cultivation environment.

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The vineyard is in the heart of the Sagrantino di Mottefalco appellation and it is a DOCG.

This all interesting since Lent started this week for us Catholics.

Medium color depth with a garnet hue.

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The Sagrantino was fruity and the aroma was moderate.  I could smell spice, plum, pepper, black fruit and cherry.

It was dry, medium bodied and a little tart.  The tannins were medium and slightly astringent and I noted multiple deep cherry layered flavors.  The tannins were felt on the rough of my mouth, while the finish was long and flavorful.

The bottle is 100% Sagrantino fruit.

abv: 14.5%

How much: $40 US

I rated the 2006 Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino three glasses.


The red wine complimented Chris’ meal and it was even better the next day.

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In Vino Veritas!

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