Antonelli (375 ml) 2009 Montefalco Sagrantino Passito DOCG
Item Number: 9255
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Dessert
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Certified Organic
The Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino Passito is a sweet wine made from semi-dried grapes. This is the traditional version of Montefalco Sagrantino. The name derives from the Latin "sacer": a holy wine destined for consumption during the Christian festivals.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are hand-picked and placed in crates in single layers. The bunches most suited for drying are specially selected. The grapes then dry in crates for about two months. Fermentation occurs in contact with the skins with maceration lasting for about 10 days. Aging occurs in 25 hL oak barrels for 12 months. The wine settles in glass-lined cement vats for 18 months and is bottle-aged for another 12 months before release.
Tasting Notes: This wine is a rich ruby color tending towards garnet. The nose is rich and complex, with notes of cherries, wild berry jam, candied citrus peel and spices. To the taste, it’s an amazing wine, where it begins sweet and then gives way to a fresh finish with an aromatic persistence to the nose. It can be enjoyed with red fruit tarts, biscuits, chocolate and mature cheeses.
93pts (2010 Vintage) Vinous 10/2017
"Bright floral aromas complicate red cherry and blackberry on the nose. Dense, sweet and tactile, but with very good lavender lift to the massive red and black fruit flavors. Finishes long with hints of both dark and milk chocolate and lovely sucrosité. As is usual with Antonelli, this wine exudes plenty of spring in its step and is far more drinkable and balanced than many other Sagrantino Passitos (135g/L r.s. and 5.9g/L total acidity). Clocks in at 14.5% alcohol but has such balance that it hides its high-octane intensity well. The grapes used to make the 2010 vintage were air-dried for 75 days."
92pts (2010 Vintage) Wine Advocate 12/2017
"In local tradition, the Sagrantino grape was made into sweet wines just like this. The 2010 Montefalco Sagrantino Passito (375 milliliters) opens to an impenetrable and inky black appearance. The tannins are tamed by the sweetness, but the wine is super rich and concentrated nonetheless. I love that sweet espresso or chocolate-covered-cherry flavor (like a Mon Cheri candy) you get on the close. Sagrantino grapes are dried on straw maps for an extra long time (up to 65 days) and the final blend is aged in cement vats for two years before the wine's commercial release. Only 7,200 bottles were produced."