Antonelli 2008 Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG

Antonelli 2008 Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG

Item Number: 8085

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Country: Italy
Region: Umbria
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2008
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested and vinified by gravity instead of pumps to preserve integrity. The juice is fermented in contact with skins for 15 to 20 days. The wine clarifies spontaneously with no need for filtration. Aged in lightly toasted oak barrels for 6 months, then in larger barrels for 12 months. It’s transferred to cement vats for 3 months, then bottle aged for 12 months.

Tasting Notes: Deep ruby red and garnet hues. Rich and powerful nose, elegant fruit with blackberry and plums, sweet wood. It feels full in the mouth with a firm tannic finish.

Food Pairings: Grilled and roast meat, stewed red meat, game, mature hard cheese
Try Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic

About Umbria: One of the smallest winemaking regions in Italy, producing only about a third of the wine as its neighbor, Tuscany, despite the fact that they share many geological and climatic similarities. Orvieto is the largest DOC, accounting for 80 percent of wine production, and is based on the white grape Trebbiano. Sangiovese is the main red varietal, while Gamay has a presence near Lake Trasimeno. The D.O.C. Rosso di Montefalco, a blend of Sangiovese and the native Sagrantino, does well in in hillside vineyards between Assisi and Terni. There is a distinctly Umbrian-style of white winemaking that blends Chardonnay and Grechetto for barrel fermentation.

93pts (2009 Vintage) Wine Enthusiast 2/2/2015
"Prune, ripe berries, freshly ground black pepper and clove aromas lead the nose on this ripe, muscular wine. The palate delivers black cherry marinated in spirits and juicy plum while accents of nutmeg, tobacco and licorice add depth. It's still young, with youthfully assertive and tightly compact tannins. Drink 2017-2024."


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90+ (8/1/2013)

    The 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino is a massive wine with dark spice aromas, ripe fruit, prune, tar leather and tobacco. The aromas transport you somewhere exotic, like a spice marker in the Middle East. Gritty tannins show some coarseness on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 91 (5/2/2016)

    Spicy cherry and blackberry nose, pungent and powerful. Full-bodied and very concentrated with weight and power, yet enough freshness to counter the tannins. Long. Drink 2016-2024.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 89+ (3/1/2013)

    Subdued nose opens slowly with aeration to reveal red cherry complemented by coffee, mocha and dried flowers. Silky on entry, then large-scaled in the middle, but with a delicacy to the pure red cherry and herbal flavors. Plenty of acidity here, but it only heightens the wine's tannic mouthfeel. The powerful, long finish promises a slow evolution in bottle but I'm not sure this will ever be a very fruity sagrantino.