Antonelli 2004 Sagrantino Montefalco, Chiusa di Pannone, DOCG
Item Number: 6470
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Chiusa di Pannone
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Pleistocene origin, calcareous clay, rich in gravel and fluvio-lacustrine conglomerates
Elevation: 400 meters
Vineyard Notes: The Sagrantino is from the estate's best massal selection grafts on rootstock 420A in the Chiusa di Pannone vineyard. Chiusa di Pannone is a 2.70-hectare vineyard planted in 1995 to a southern exposure with rows following the slopes.
Winemaking Notes: Gravity is used to move the wine during vinification. The Sagrantino ferments in contact with the skins for 3-4 weeks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in wood. The wine ages in lightly toasted 500-liter barrels for 6 months then in 25hL oak barrels for 20-30 months followed by assembling and clarifying in cement vats for 3 months. Final aging takes place in the bottle. The wine isn’t stabilized or filtered.
Beyond Barolo and Brunello by Tom Hyland (2012)
"Filippo Antonelli is a gentleman and a wonderful businessman who has slowly seen the growth of his winery take shape over the past twenty years. He has always been a producer that wants his wines to express varietal purity as well as a sense of place, thus producing wines in a traditional style and resisting the urge to adopt a flashier, more international approach. His regular Sagrantino, ages for one year in 25 hl casks, is a model of balance and restraint. The 'Chiusa di Pannone' offering maintains those characteristics in a wine of greater weight and complexity. First produced from the 2003 vintage, the grapes are sourced from a vineyard at an elevation of 1,300 feet comprised of limestone, clay and gravel. The plants are massal selection and yields are very low, some 30 hl per hectare. This wine takes Sagrantino di Montefalco to new heights with a more beautifully defined midpalate with layers of fruit and a finish of great length with silky tannins, very good acidity and subtle wood notes. Although this has only been produced for a few years, the track record of what Antonelli has done with this variety gives one confidence that this may one day be recognized as one of Italy's very finest reds."