Antonelli (375 ml) 2011 Montefalco Sagrantino Passito DOCG
Item Number: 12635
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
Elevation: 300-400 meters asl
The Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino Passito is a sweet wine made from semi-dried grapes.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested and placed in crates in single layers. The bunches well suited for drying are specially selected. The grapes then dry in crates for 55 days. Fermentation occurs in contact with the skins. Maceration lasts for about 10 days. Aging occurs in 22 hL oak barrels for 24 months. The wine settles in glass-lined cement vats for 36 months and ages in bottle 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 cherry, wild berry jam, candied citrus peel and spices. The palate is quite amazing, 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."