Antonelli 2014 Montefalco Sagrantino Secco DOCG
Item Number: 12636
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Elevation: 300-400 meters asl
This traditional wine of Montefalco is made exclusively from Sagrantino grapes and is known for great structure and longevity.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. They are vinified by gravity instead of pumps to preserve the fruit integrity. The juice is fermented in contact with skins for 25 to 40 days. The wine clarifies spontaneously with no need for filtration. Antonelli has an extensive aging regime for his Sagrantino di Montefalco. For the first 6 months, the wine matures in lightly toasted 500-liter oak barrels. Then, the wine is transferred to larger barrels (25 hectoliters) for 18 months. Settling occurs in glass-lined cement vats for another 12 months. Antonelli bottles the wine and lets it rest for 12 months in the cellar before release to the market.
Tasting Notes: Rich and powerful nose, this Sagrantino is ethereal and complex. The wine is characterized by notes of fruit and aromatic herbs. Enjoy citrus, wild berry, cherry, mint and oregano. The wine is structured on the palate; it is full with firm and persistent tannins. This wine is best expressed with long bottle aging. Pair it with meat, stews and mature hard cheeses.
"Along with Marco Caprai, there isn't anyone who has done more to promote the merits of Sagrantino and its wines than Filippo Antonelli, owner of the Antonelli-San Marco estate. Antonelli's greatest claim to fame is its remarkably well-balanced Sagrantino wines, some of the purest, most genteel and least brutally tannic wines of the whole denominazione... Readers who, not unreasonably, have found Sagrantino wines too much to handle due to their unforgiving mouth-coating tannins should give Antonelli's fine examples a try."