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***Magnum & 3 Liter bottle come in wood box***
Our Tasting Impressions
This is a terrific, young Montefalco. Already, it demonstrates real balance and complexity. The elegant Perticaia style makes this surprisingly drinkable (particularly with an extended decant) despite the formidable tannins. Here we have a soulful Sagrantino that will amply reward extended cellaring.
About this wine
Montefalco 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
According to Pertacaia, 2015 had a rainy winter, a windy and very sunny spring. The summer was dry, warm and sunny. Low humidity facilitated disease prevention. Weather was optimal. Just the right amount of rain in September and October rebalanced acidity in the grapes. Yields were average. Quality was exceptional. Fully ripe and healthy grapes had excellent sugar content and good polyphenolic profile producing structured and complex wines.
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.