Our Tasting Impressions
Wow, what a nose on this Rosato! It's citrusy, fresh and oh so deep. It may be a rusty salmon color but this drinks undeniably Sagrantino, which means it's a wine to be taken seriously. Full-bodied, structured and tannic, it actually seems a bit closed presently. So, give this 6 months and then get ready for some fireworks.
About this wine
Sagrantino grapes are manually harvested with careful selection of the bunches in the early morning hours of early September. Direct pressing of the bunches with subsequent cold static decantation of the must. Fermentation for 10 days, then aging on fine lees with frequent batonnage. The wine stays in steel tanks for 3 months before bottling.
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
2020 at Perticaia was persistently cold and dry. From March until on vines have been regularly growing thank to moderate rainfall and good temperatures got along April and May. Moderate rainfall in the spring helped the grapes develop. June was again challenging and required constant tending of the vineyard. Hail hit Montefalco the first week of August, Perticaia luckily was spared the worst of it. Big differences between day and night temperatures benefitted the grapes and helped produce complex wines. Harvesting was from the second week of September to mid-October.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté
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.