A red wine with great richness in polyphenols. Deep and intense purple-red colour with a complex bouquet of red fruits, marasca cherry, currant and raspberry, as well as delicate notes of sweet tobacco and cocoa, finishing off with hints of officinal herbs. The structure is dense with rich but harmonious tannins and wonderful complexity; the fruitiness is sustained by fresh acidity and the finish is long-lasting.
Type of wine: red wine rich in polyphenols suitable for long aging
Grape varietals: 100% Sagrantino obtained from massal selection and harvested in the second half of September. Double spurred cordon; 5000 vines/hectare; yield 5.5 tonnes/hectare
Soil Type: South-west exposure, loose with sandy-clayey texture, limestone subsoil and not very deep
Vinification: stainless steel fermentation with skin maceration for 28 days. Wood aging for 12 months in barrique. Light filtering and 2 years refining in bottle before release
Colour: deep ruby red with violet nuances
Bouquet: ample and complex, it immediately expresses an ample range of red fruit (black cherry, bilberry) with elegant notes of cocoa and sweet spices; very long and harmonious scents
Flavour: powerful structure with good concentration and freshness of fruit; fragrant acidity and dense, mature tannins; long-lasting finish
Alcohol by volume: 15%
Consumption: if properly stored, it has long aging potential; serve at 16-18° (61-64°F) C in large stem glass. Since the wine has undergone light filtration before bottling, it can present some sediment
Food affinities: perfect match with red meat roasts, suckling pig, game, dishes “alla ghiotta” guinea-hen in civet, stewed venison, sharp cheeses, Umbrian-style squab
Focus: Sagrantino is one of the varietals with the highest polyphenol content in the world. Thus, it has a strong antioxidant effect when consumed in moderation
Label: view of the winery at Turrita di Montefalco with its 20 hectares surrounding the winery. In the foreground is the falcon, symbol of the town where falconry, the passion of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, who often stopped there, was a great tradition
Sagrantino is one of Italy’s oldest native varietals with characteristic polyphenolic complexity: a wild horse that must be discovered and tamed with the proper viticultural techniques in order to speak the harmonious and balanced language of all the Lungarotti wines. Legend has it that the name Sagrantino was given by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia; while travelling to Castel del Monte, he stopped to hunt with his falcon in the area around Montefalco. The bird, a specimen of of the prized and rare species called Saccr, fell sick and was cured with a medicine based on the local wine, which from that moment onwards, was called Sagrantino, after the name of the Emperor’s falcon. The DOC appellation was granted to Montefalco in 1979 also thanks to the contribution of Giorgio Lungarotti.