Perticaia Umbria Grechetto IGT 2020


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Our Tasting Impressions

Bursting with an orchard full of autumn fruit flavors, we were unprepared for how wonderfully textured this Grechetto is. Medium bodied with terrific lift, this perky white is just what you need if you're stuck in a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc rut. A wine to enjoy over the next few years.


About this wine

Nothing but Grechetto, harvested on a rolling basis. The whole grapes are gently pressed under inert gas. Vinification is by cold static clarification and subsequent fermentation of the clear must in stainless steel containers at temperatures between 15-16ºC. The wine ages at least six months on fine lees. 


About the grape

Grechetto is grown primarily in Umbria and, to a lesser extent, Emilia-Romagna. The grape, which originated in Greece  (Grechetto = Little Greek), historically, had been a blending grape. With the growing realization of the quality potential for its wines, varietal bottlings are becoming more common. It's a hearty grape - medium-sized with a thin but firm skin.


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 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.