Our Tasting Impressions
A wine of real poise and depth. Consistent with the vintage conditions described below, it is less tannic than the 2004. Lots of earthy aromas that give way to a taste that can best be described as sophisticatedly feral. The texture is lovely and there is no lack of structure despite the reduced tannins. Certainly the better choice of these older vintages for current drinking but there is plenty in reserve for extending cellaring.
About this wine
A recent library release from the Perticiaia cellar, this Montefalco is from 100% Sagrantino handpicked with careful selection throughout the month of October. The vines were planted, on average 20 years ago (the oldest are about 30) within 1.5km of the estate.
Cold maceration for 48 hours. Fermentation is conducted by naturally occuring yeasts. The juice remains in contact with the skins for about 30 days -the last 15 days with submerged cap.
Aging is in 25hl oak barrels for 24 months, then stainless steel tanks for 3 months and finally in bottle for one year.
About the grape
The origins of Sagrantino are unclear but it has been grown in Umbria for centuries. Indeed, 90% of its production remains there. It is a dark, thick-skinned grape that, up until the latter half of the last century, was used mostly for sweet wine known as Passito. Sagrantino is extremely tannic and contains some of the highest levels of the beneficial antioxidant polyphenol.
About the vintage
Perticaia reports that 2006 was a particularly interesting and successful vintage. The winter was cold and dry. The budding started late. The spring was mild with a bit of rain. July and August saw below average temperatures and high rainfall but September and early October were warm and dry. The ripening of Sagrantino was excellent on the southern hillsides and very good on the northern hillsides. Very fine and elegant wines with rich aromatics and lower tannins. Lighter structure compared to hotter years.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl 1855
Perticaia is the local Umbrian term for plow. This estate is in the region's leading DOC of Montefalco and in the area known as Casale, which is recognized as producing the most elegant wines of the region.
The ownership of Perticaia is not your atypical of all other VDLT producers. Aldo Becca left Umbria for Luxembourg as a young man. From nothing, he built a diversified company. Today, his son Flavio heads the business. Theyhave returned to their roots by investing heavily in the promotion of all things Umbrian. In 2018, they acquired Perticaia.
The vineyards sit between 320 and 350m above sea level and all are within 1km of the estate, so the grapes experience limited stress post-harvest. Their pruning system results in yields significantly lower than the DOC requirements. Production is 100,000 bottles per year.
Flavio hired Paolo Salvi, a renowned oenologist (who consults with the illustrious Tuscan estate, Montevertine) to assist their winemaker.Pertacaia's style for Sagrantino emphasizes elegance and balance, making the wines more approachable when younger. These are serious, exciting wines that are among Italy's finest.