The Associazione “Strada del Sagrantino" or 'Sagrantino Wine Route' sent us a 16 page analysis of this fine wine from Umbria to coincide with annual 'Settimana Enologica'.
It would take too long to mention everything here, but these few nuggets of information caught our eye.
The DOCG mark can only be awarded when the Sagrantino grapes have been cultivated in the Comune di Montefalco and parts of the Comuni of Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano dell’Umbria.
The best recent Sagrantino wine years for quality have been 1985, 1990 and 1998. Don't touch the 1992.
Consortium for the Proection of Montefalco Wines
There are 30 recognised Sagrantino di Montelfaco wine producers.
The local Passito combines particularly well with typical Umbrian sweets such as La Rocciata, which is a type of chocolate strudel left over from the time of the Longobards.
The Passito must have at least a 14.5° alcohol level.
The passito wine is a very old and precious kind of wine which is sweet and very close to the liquer. Because of the complexity of the production and the special aroma and taste, the passito is called meditation wine.
Try it at the Centro Nazionale Vini Passiti in Montefalco. The national Centre is aimed to the promotion at the international level of the passito wine and the lands of its production.
Only in Italy there are over 40 passiti wines which represent a very exclusive product for the cantines even if the quantity is often very limited.
The centre has also got a library and a wine bar where you can indulge with friends a nice glass of wine.